paolo venturella architecture proposes new WHO headquarters extension in geneve
paolo venturella architecture proposes new WHO headquarters extension in geneve paolo venturella architecture proposes new WHO headquarters extension in geneve
nov 14, 2015

paolo venturella architecture proposes new WHO headquarters extension in geneve

paolo venturella architecture proposes new WHO headquarters extension in geneve
all images courtesy of paolo venturella




presented for the WHO headquarters in geneva competition, rome-based paolo venturella showcased a project that aimed to make a new assertion on how architecture should evolve. his proposal called ‘plus is more’ shows a building that investigates how to overcome the simplicity of the standard square-extruded structures by creating instead a simple complexity generated by some processes that he calls ‘moves’ that include dividing, discretizing, bending and creating partial subdivisions within the initial cube form.

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night view




the new approach based on ‘more moves’ shapes the building and creates a more complex interior and exterior space, while adding new aesthetics. the process starts by pushing the initial form upwards, then it’s divided in half to be later on discretized, providing architectonic shapes. the bending moves create the entrances and views, while further discretization generates the terraces.

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the ‘moves’ create rich interiors that host multipurpose areas




the façade system is oriented in three different directions so the louvers are organized according to sun exposure, doubling their distances from south to west, to avoid direct lighting into office spaces. on the south side it is less dense since the sun is more vertical, while on the west side it is more dense since sun rays are lower.

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view from the park

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hall view

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office view

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concept diagrams

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push diagrams

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plan ground floor

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plan first floor

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plan second floor

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louvers diagram



project info:


project architect: paolo venturella
team design: cosimo scotucci, sebastiano palamara
city: geneve
year: 2015
type: competition



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edited by: juliana neira | designboom

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