Herzog & de Meuron Basel Ltd.
4056 Basel, Switzerland
GENEVA, SWITZERLAND, 28 October 2020 – Today, the foundation stone laying ceremony for the new headquarters of the Swiss bank Lombard Odier took place in Bellevue, north of Geneva.
The design for the new headquarters is characterized by generously cantilevered, curved and slender floor slabs supporting the building’s correspondingly sweeping roof. In the words of Pierre de Meuron: “The shape and appearance of the building are a consequence not of aesthetic preference but of the intent to maximize the experience of the place – the view of the lake and the beauty of the surroundings – for clients and staff alike.”
Located on a 27,400 sqm plot of land bordering on Lake Geneva in Bellevue, the building will provide space for 2,600 employees, a modular auditorium for up to 800 people, a gym and staff restaurant. From the decision to use recycled materials to reduced energy use within the building, sustainable development has lain at the core of the project. Alongside providing various collaborative workspaces, the new building will implement the client’s main idea for the project to bring together the employees under “One Roof” – the original title of the 2017 international architecture competition. Currently spread over five locations in Geneva, Lombard Odier’s employees look to see the completion of the building in 2023.