Star Architect Shigeru Ban Built Tamedia’s HQs
Tamedia boss Pietro Supino and the Japanese architect Shigeru Ban inaugurated the new Tamedia’s headquarters in central Zürich. Tamedia made three requests: A comfortable working environment for its workforce, a sustainably built and architecturally appealing edifice and expenses not higher as what would have been required for a more conventional building.
Shigeru Ban managed to satisfy everything was asked. Furthermore, the building is CO2-free and does not use energy deriving from nuclear power. The costs amounted to a total of 50 million CHF. Spanning seven floors, around 480 workplaces have been created. The skeleton of the building is made out of spruce wood, with prefabricated elements assembled together without the use of nails nor screws. The structure is reminiscent of the famous Meccano kits.
Shigeru Ban is a world-reknown Japanese architect based in Tokyo, with his european office in Paris. Shigeru Ban has been granted numerous awards, among which the World Archeitecture Awards 2001 and 2002 and Design for Asia Award (Grand Award and Golden Award).