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Vacheron Constantin Headquarters

Bernard Tschumi Architects

Europa | Ginevra

In 2001, Vacheron Constantin, Switzerland’s oldest watchmakers, founded in 1955, held an international competition for its new headquarters at Plan-les-Ouates, near Geneva. The brief was to bring administrative, management, international customer services, design and manufacturing functions all under one roof in a blend of tradition and innovation. Bernard Tschumi was awarded the contract, and work was completed in 18 months. The inauguration in August 2004 coincided with the company’s restrained celebration of its 250th anniversary.
Tschumi’s architecture changes the surrounding landscape of roads and industrial plant. Even the first sketches show a single complex with a unifying envelope that nonetheless clearly separates managerial functions from design and production, placing them in two connecting units of very different height and volume. The unifying element is the fully...

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