In 2017, Steven Holl Architects won the privilege of designing the new Geneva headquarters for humanitarian aid specialists Doctors Without Borders (Médecins Sans Frontières). Their innovative plans beat stiff competition from internationally acclaimed firms as their energy-efficient “Colors of Humanity” design caught the eyes and hearts of the organization.
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The primary impact of this design is captured in its elegant façade of multi-hued photovoltaic glass. This glass box design is created from panels that are 40% transparent with red, blue, and green tints, that perform two vital duties in the function of the building. Not only does it create the interior framework of the building inside, it also produces up to 72% of the building’s energy requirement. It’s also designed to be open-ended, so the building can be easily expanded to fit future needs.
Each block of colored glass along with the building’s stacked block formation designates the functions of the internal space of the building. This design along with communal seating areas and walkways will create a flow that fosters collaboration and community. This open dialogue and interaction between the 250-strong staff team is an essential part of the building’s design and reflects trends that giants like Google and Facebook have adopted with great success. Furnishings for this space will complement this design through collaborative desk solutions and multi-use office spaces.
The large rooftop garden is another striking feature. Lush with plant growth, this provides a natural contrast to the high-tech glass, and solar panels installed in the rooftop garden will further supplement the building’s energy.
To further the building’s ecologically-friendly design, it will make use of a system called Genilac, which pulls water from Lake Geneva to heat and cool the building.
Construction on this exciting project should begin in 2019 next to the Kengo Kuma-designed Institute of Higher International Studies and Development.
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