The extension of the existing building by Jean-Jacques Tchumi has been awarded a regional distinction of these esteemed awards dedicated to exceptional timber construction. Many thanks to localarchitecture, Thinka and Ateliers Casaï!
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.