Ban’s ti­me

ELLE Decor (Italy) - - English Text - by Fi­lip­po Ro­meo

The new Ome­ga hea­d­quar­ters in the Swiss city of Biel, is a buil­ding ma­de up of trans­pa­ren­cies and green ma­te­rials. De­si­gned by Ja­pa­ne­se ar­chi­tect Shigeru Ban Steel, glass and wood. The­se are the ma­te­rials that de­fi­ne a com­ple­te­ly eco- com­pa­ti­ble buil­ding, the new Ome­ga hea­d­quar­ters in Biel, Swi­tzer­land, de­si­gned by Ja­pa­ne­se ar­chi­tect Shigeru Ban, stan­ding in the lar­ge Swatch Group Cam­pus that is to be com­ple­ted next year. It is a stri­king work that tran­sforms the spi­rit of the brand in­to ar­chi­tec­tu­re, ma­de up of craf­tsman­ship and in­no­va­tion. “I wan­ted to de­si­gn so­me­thing spe­cial, that would be par­ti­cu­lar­ly ap­pro­pria­te for this city,” ex­plains Ban. “Biel is al­so fa­mous for its tech­no­lo­gi­cal re­sear­ch in wor­king wi­th wood,” the ar­chi­tect poin­ts out. “So that’s how I got the idea for ma­king this buil­ding wi­th a material lin­ked to the tra­di­tion of the pla­ce, but wi­th an in­no­va­ti­ve spi­rit.” The re­sult is a struc­tu­re con­nec­ted to the pre- exi­sting buil­dings by a light glass wal­k­way: be­nea­th a roof co­ve­red wi­th so­lar pa­nels it hou­ses of­fi­ces and areas de­di­ca­ted to sto­ra­ge, com­po­nent as­sem­bly, trai­ning and qua­li­ty con­trol. And of cour­se, as wi­th all top qua­li­ty ar­chi­tec­tu­re, all the func­tio­nal aspec­ts be­co­me a sour­ce of in­spi­ra­tion for fa­sci­na­ting de­si­gn so­lu­tions.

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