Cité du Temps, Biel/Bienne, Canton of Bern

The Cité du Temps – home to the Swatch and Omega museums as well as a spacious conference centre – was designed by the world-renowned Japanese architect Shigeru Ban, winner of the Pritzker Prize.

The building is nestled between Omega’s historic buildings and the new Swatch Headquarters. With seemingly effortless ease, the structure is supported by pillars that give it a slight elevation. The keynote: a contemporary glass façade that creates an impression of lightness and transparency.

Straight lines and right angles define the character of the floors above the elegantly curved arcades on the ground floor. On the fourth floor, the Nicolas G. Hayek Conference Hall literally stands out from the rest of the building thanks to its elliptical shape and ornate mosaic façade.

 

Contact

Jan Stöcker

Client

Omega SA

Architects

Shigeru Ban Architects; Itten+Brechbühl AG

Planning

2013

Start of construction

2014

Commissioning

2019

Floor area

7,060 m2

Construction volume

30,700 m3

Photos

© Swatch, Boy de la Tour