Steven Holl wins competition for MSF’s Geneva Operational Centre

1 November 2017 (Last Updated November 3rd, 2017 16:21)

Steven Holl Architects has won an international design competition for the new Geneva Operational Centre in Switzerland, in partnership with Rüssli Architekten.

Steven Holl wins competition for MSF’s Geneva Operational Centre
Steven Holl wins MSF international design competition for Geneva Operational Centre. Credit: Steven Holl Architects.

Steven Holl Architects has won an international design competition for the new Geneva Operational Centre in Switzerland, in partnership with Rüssli Architekten.

The centre is designed to offer work and social spaces for more than 250 Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) staff members.

Titled Colours of Humanity, Steven Holl’s design features coloured photovoltaic (PV) glass on a wall facade and the roof. The panels are intended to supply around 72% of the building’s power demand.

The cubic geometrical design also ensures flexibility for expansion in the future.

“Steven Holl’s design features coloured photovoltaic (PV) glass on a wall facade and the roof.”

MSF Operational Centre Geneva logistics director Mathieu Soupart said: “Steven Holl Architects’ project is the opportunity for MSF to integrate its core values like independence, impartiality, neutrality, altruism, and dynamism in a challenging new architecture and project itself in the future.”

The centre will host workstations, meeting rooms, classrooms, and social spaces, which will support activities of more than 6,500 field staff that cover missions in 23 countries.

In addition, the facility will provide space for employees at the international secretariat of the MSF movement and other international projects piloted from Geneva.

The Geneva Operational Centre project is scheduled to commence in 2019.