Humanitarium

Shortlist competition, winning project. ICRC restaurant and conference center. IMRC offices and temporary exhibition space

Geneva

2009 - 2014

Humanitarium

The operation aims to complement the international headquarters premises with a new restaurant, conference rooms, exhibition space and offices for the International Commitee of the Red Cross and the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Museum. The layout is intended to reinforce the strong symbolism of the former
Carlton hotel, the first building occupied by the ICRC on the site. The design is divided into two parts. The first part comprises the restaurant located on a hill on the site, opening onto the  landscape, at the crossroads of pedestrian traffic. It is sheltered by a sinuously contoured slab that embraces a preserved tree signalling the entrance. The second part brings together the modular conference spaces and offices, hidden behind two glass slides inserted into the hillside, the slope of which has been preserved.

This furtive presence limits the visual impact of this construction so as not to compete with the museum building completed in 1988 by Pierre Zoelly. An extension of the museum’s exhibition spaces can be found in the new building.

group8, Humanitarium, Geneva, 2009 - 2014

Program

ICRC restaurant and conference center
IMCR offices and temporary exhibition space
Landscaping intervention

Specifications

High energy standard - Minergie®
Programme diversity

Client

International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), International Museum of the Red Cross and Red Crescent (IMCR)

Commission type

Shortlist competition, winning project

Photo credits

©Walter Mair, ©Régis Golay / federal-studio.com