To underline the important role the World Health Organization in Geneva plays and has to play in future the extension to the Main Building has to express the mission of WHO: Being a fit, up2date and transparent organisation for years to come. Our proposal has a twofolded scope:
- Economic use of means & resources (building shape, location, functional & sustainable character), and at the same time;
- Making a new & inspiring working place which makes a strong social statement: close-knit organized spaces where people can come & work together unitedly.
To maintain as much as possible all the existing qualities of the WHO site (including the Main Building, park and vista’s) the extension is made on the north-east side of the Main Building in the form of a oblate spheriod.
By doing this the footprint of the building is brought back to a minimum and the ratio between floor area and façade surface is optimized radically.