Zurich-based architect Peter Märkli and his practice have recently completed this generous new building located in Zuchwil, Switzerland. Featuring a natural stone, recessed steel and glass façade, the four-storey SynthesNeubau is the new European headquarters of a medical device company and houses some 1300 of its employees. The lighting concept was developed by Zurich-based lighting studio, Reflexion.
More about the project:
‘Synthes relocated its European Headquarters to what was once the square next to the ZuchwilZeughaus (arsenal) and which is bordered by the old town, the southern extension of Neu-Solothurn, the River Aare to the west and the Zuchwil industrial zone to the east. The 2000 m2 area, which is now designed as an open campus,is defined by the distinctive curve of the river. The Zeughaus, a listed building, continues to be seen as a free-standing composition as care was taken to keep the new structure at a sufficient distance at the northern edge of the square.
‘The complex, which was designed by the Peter Märkli Architectural Practice in Zurich and showcases itself to the world with its natural stone and recessed steel and glass facade, accommodates administrative and development offices as well as conference and event areas plus a cafeteria in its four storeys. The bottom line is that approximately 1300 staff work in the complex which was first occupied at the beginning of February 2012.’