shigeru ban: tamedia office building nearing completion shigeru ban: tamedia office building nearing completion
apr 03, 2013

shigeru ban: tamedia office building nearing completion

‘tamedia building’ by shigeru ban, zurich, switzerland

image © shigeru ban all images courtesy of shigeru ban / lorenz lachauer




with its main structural system made entirely of timber, the new shigeru ban-designed headquarters for swiss media company tamedia appears to be nearing completion. in observance of miyadaiku and sukiya daiku, the japanese mastery of carpentry entirely devoid of joint hardware and glue, the building is a four storey interlocking wooden network of nodes enveloped by a glass skin. while the scale of the work required the precision of CNC milled joists and beams, the laboriousness of the intricate woodwork pays off in a building touted to be carbon neutral. the project is reportedly the largest timber frame construction in switzerland, requiring about 2000 cubic meters of spruce for completion. the result is an architecture that possesses a light-filled interior replete with perfect joinery. the building is a distinct response both to strict swiss environmental regulations as well as the confluence of the river sihl and the cityscape.


see designboom’s previous coverage of the project here.    




view of the striking wooden innards

image © shigeru ban



the main structure is held together without nails, screws or glue and instead relies on wooden joints tested by centuries of craftsmanship

(left): image © lorenz lachauer

(right): image © sjb.kemtper.fitze AG



precise parts were CNC milled

image © shigeru ban



the building is the largest timber frame structure in switzerland

image © lorenz lachauer



joinery assembly and details

image © shigeru ban



details of the node network

image © sjb.kemtper.fitze AG



image © lorenz lachauer



interiors are distinctly light-filled

image © shigeru ban



an earlier rendering shows the completed building with a glazed skin

image © sjb.kemtper.fitze AG

  • Oye, Renzo Piano, échale un vistazo a esto.

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