Major Research System, SwissFEL, Villigen AG

What began in 2012 with 1st place in the sole contractor tender put out by the Paul Scherrer Institute (PSI), has concluded in 2016 with the BIM Innovation and Performance Arc Award. The high-precision SwissFEL X-ray laser combines many different superlatives. On being commissioned, it will be one of only four free electron X-ray lasers in the world. With a length of 760 metres, it is one of the longest buildings in Switzerland, and is considered to be an engineering masterpiece due to its exceptional requirements in relation to precision and tolerances. Even the curvature of the Earth amounting to a few millimetres was taken into account at the planning stage and vibrations reduced to a minimum through structural design. In spite of the high technical demands, IttenBrechbühl has included some design features. The high quality demands made of the building were thus also realised in design terms in spite of the tight schedule and budgetary framework.

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Further information about the Arc Award

Contact person Andreas Jöhri
Client Paul Scherrer Institute (PSI)
Architect Itten+Brechbühl AG
Planning 2012
Start of operation 2016
Floor area 16 760 m2
Construction volume 89 600 m3
Award 1st rank BIM-Award (Arc Award) 2016
Photos René Rötheli, Baden