Lombard Odier recently unveiled its ambitious architectural project to build its new global headquarters in Bellevue, Geneva, by 2021. Designed by architectural firm Herzog & de Meuron, who was selected following a competition between eight local and international architectural firms, the project features ultra-contemporary architecture that combines openness to its surroundings along with elegance and innovation. Geneva-based firm Favre & Guth will work with them to implement this major assignment. In addition, Lombard Odier’s new head office will be able to accommodate up to 2,600 workstations.
“We were immediately struck by the project’s timelessness, personality and integration in its natural environment. The building will be airy and will look amazing from the ground, lake and sky,” Patrick Odier, Senior Managing Partner of Lombard Odier, stressed. “Everything has been designed to inspire creativity and team work in a dynamic and motivating working environment. Our clients will benefit from an exceptional venue which is easy to access and will provide all of our services and expertise under one roof.”
“By proposing a single building for Lombard Odier’s new head office, we are applying the title of the competition – One Roof – literally. “Each façade is treated identically, and there’s no front or back,” Pierre de Meuron said. “A stone-clad bunker would no longer be in keeping with the image of a contemporary bank. We have designed a transparent, elegant and measured building; as such, its architecture reflects the vision and values of Lombard Odier. The form and appearance of our project are not due to aesthetic preference. Our intention is to enable all occupants of the new head office to fully appreciate the surrounding natural environment.”
“At the heart of our values has always been the concept of sustainable development, combining environmental, social and economic considerations,” Patrick Odier concluded. “This building integrates this concern perfectly. In particular, it will meet the highest standards of sustainable development and employ the most efficient technology available, particularly in terms of energy-saving. The quality of working conditions will be an integral part of this ecosystem.”
Construction is expected to begin in early 2019 and finish by the end of 2021.