Swiss architecture firm Herzog & Meuron unveiled plans for the fourth extension to the Helvetia Head Office in the Swiss city of St.Gallen. The project, which is set to break ground in late 2014, will be the architect’s final extension to the cruciform Helvetia complex. Herzog & Mueron designed the main building in 1989 and successfully completed three more extensions between 2002 and 2004.
The fourth extension will complete the Western part of the existing Helvetia headquarters complex, creating a more functional and efficient environment for employees. Upon completion, the western building will frame a series of four courtyards, accentuating the public green space between the buildings. The new west wing will accommodate approximately 130 new jobs at the insurance company and, along with additional offices, will include a prominent entrance with a café and various conference rooms. The existing catering area will also be renovated and expanded during the project.
Pierre de Meuron, partner of Herzog & de Meuron, describes the final stage of the ongoing project: “The fourth and final extension creates a striking entrance with a café, meeting rooms and offices. In recent years, four new, differently shaped, sized and cross-sectional structures have been docked to the cruciform building with a central open staircase. This resulted in four yard-like gardens that integrate nature into the office everyday. The uniform facades of all extensions gives the entire building complex identity.”
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