The new embassy building, a contemporary interpretation of Korean vernacular constructions, has been awarded with the “Korean Architecture Excellence Award” in the “administrative buildings” category.
Surrounded by parkland and built on a former industrial site, the new JTI Headquarters are located in a Geneva district that is home to prestigious international organizations. The building’s form was dictated by the shape of the challenging triangular site. The structure is characterized by three multi-story tubes interconnecting with each other. On the Northeast side the structure is characterized by a cantilever supporting 7 levels.
On the opposite corner of the triangle 6 levels of the South façade stand on top of the lower levels. By elevating the north eastern and southern corners of the building, a public courtyard is carved out, creating permeability through the site, opening it up to the local neighbourhood and facilitating direct pedestrian connections to a local transport hub. The impressive cantilevered space and clear-spans of up to 60m and 80m respectively, provide the building with its unique elevations.
Most Innovative Structure 2017, Structural Engineering Awards, SEAOI
Runner-up SZS, Steel Award "Prix Acier 2016"
Public mention "Architizer A+ Award 2016"