Bank Lombard Odier, One Roof Competition
How to design an office building of a new type, for a renowned private bank, that represents a double ambition to propose an iconic urbanity and provide an innovative workplace that fosters creativity?
Located on a large, still unencumbered lot in the Geneva neighborhood of Bellevue, the building has an exceptional perspective on Lake Geneva, the Alps, the Jura, and the city itself. We wanted to celebrate this remarkable site by inventing a panoramic pivot that anchors the building to its surroundings. Paired with the circular pivot, a rectangular volume ensures stability and solidity. more
We also wanted to give an image of transparency to a country once known for its banking secrecy. Transparency is expressed in two ways: through large windows, shaping a double-glass envelope, and through the transparency of the ground floor, which is column-free, thanks to a cantilevered structure supported by the cores. We also intended to give a sense of solidity and permanence, expressed through the bracing of the cantilevered facades.
Our goals were well-being, flexibility, and maximum capacity for reconfiguration and evolution in use. With this in mind, we proposed two types of spaces: rectangular open floor plates and a 4%-grade spiral ramp allowing communication from one level to another. (See also our project for ArcelorMittal, developed the same year.)
Both the horizontal rectangular floor plates and the spiral “stepped ramp” allow for multiple configurations—closed offices, open spaces, meeting rooms, isolation boxes.
The principle of the "stepped ramp" is simple and innovative. It allows both flexibility of use and continuity from one level to another. Along the facade, large steps (about 40m2 each) allow for offices and open or closed spaces. back
International Invited Competition, 2017 (including Herzog & de Meuron, N. Foster, OMA, BIG, D. Perrault)
540,000 sq. feet (50,000m2); 2,500 offices
300 M CHF
Lead Designer: Bernard Tschumi. Key personnel: Joel Rutten, Cecil Barnes, Pedro Camara, Pierre-Yves Kuhn, Christopher Ball, Jerome Haferd, Clement Laurencio, and Rémy Cointet, Vincent Prunier
Local Architect: Atelier d’Architecture Glauco Lombardi (Daniel Forestier, Alexandre Prod’hom)
Renderings: By Encore (Guillaume Paturel)
Model: MAQ3 back