Swatch and Omega Headquarters by Japanese architect Shigeru Ban, the winner of the competition for the expansion of the Swiss manufacturer’s headquarters.
The new Swatch and Omega Headquarters design will include three more buildings to the watch companies’ existing campus in Biel.
Three wooden structures that house public plazas, exhibition galleries and a visitor center.
“I was very happy to win this competition to design the Headquarters for Swatch and Omega. This project is very important not only for Swatch and Omega but also for the city of the Biel. I wanted to design something very special and particularly appropriate for this city. And I know that Biel is very famous for its timber technologies – they have the most advanced timber institution. Even the Pompidou Center in Metz – we designed the timber roof and this was tested at the timber institution in Biel. So this city is well known for the timber technology – the most advanced timber technology, that’s why most of the building is designed with timber.”
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