Headquarters of Swatch, Biel BE

In 2011, the world-famous Japanese architect, Shigeru Ban, won the competition for the new headquarters of Swatch and the new buildings for Omega as well as for the structurally striking redesign of the company site - including the existing listed buildings and the trees on the site which are also subject to a preservation order.  IttenBrechbühl takes on responsibility for overall management, planning management, submission and installation planning as well as for the overall construction management of this prestigious major project.

In spite of its large size, the most striking aspect of the project is its surprising lightness, and it is made up essentially of three elements: 1. the elongated Swatch building which stretches almost organically along the river Schüss and - covering the new encounter zone - adjoins the historical buildings; 2. the central structure which stands on columns and forms a new public space together with the existing buildings, and 3. the new production and logistics building for Omega.

Contact person Jan Stöcker
Client Swatch AG
Architects Shigeru Ban Architects; Itten+Brechbühl AG
Planning 2013
Start of construction 2014
Start of operation 2019
Floor area 21 150 m2
Construction volume 104 370 m3
Photos © Swatch