Dominique Perrault Wins Competition for Esplanade Tower in Fribourg

Dominique Perrault Wins Competition for Esplanade Tower in Fribourg

Dominique Perrault Architecture, the French practice recently awarded with the opportunity to build a tower called The Blade in Seoul as part of Daniel Libeskind’s master plan, has now been announced as winner of a concept/construction international competition for the Esplanade Tower in downtown Fribourg, Switzerland. The high rise is part of regeneration project of the Swiss Federal Railways at the site of the former Pilettes Station.

More after the break.

By 2015, the Esplanade Tower will fit into Fribourg’s skyline. The tower is a 60 meter glass skyscraper of 18 floors that is anticipated to become a landmark of the new downtown. The downtown area has a long and rich history. It is layered with the transformation of its historic districts, stratified along lower and upper terraces.


The tower’s facades respond to the conditions of its placement.  The north-west side, which faces the former station, is smooth and austere.  The south-east side, facing the medieval town and the urban developments, is expressive – full of corbellings and balconies – inciting a dialogue between the historic face of the city and its new developments.

Site Plan © DPA / ADAGP

The tower will be mixed use, including a commercial area, office spaces, a restaurant and housing.


Architect: Dominique Perrault Architecture Location: Place de l’Esplanade, Fribourg, Switzerland Client: FFS Federal Railways, Lausanne, Switzerland Site Area: 5 000m² Built Area: 13 000m² Built Volume: 6 000m³ (superstructures) Tower’s Height: 61,5 meters Floors: 18 Commercial Area: 1,220 m² SBP Office: 5,990 m² SBP Restaurant: 1,820 m² SBP Housing: 3,680 m² SBP

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Cite: Irina Vinnitskaya. "Dominique Perrault Wins Competition for Esplanade Tower in Fribourg" 02 Jul 2012. ArchDaily. Accessed . <> ISSN 0719-8884

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