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Enea Headquarters, Jona, Switzerland by Oppenheim Architecture+Design
February 11th, 2011 by Susan Smith
The Enea Headquarters project, designed by Oppenheim Architecture+Design, located at the shores of the Obersee in Switzerland, will house the headquarters of the internationally recognized landscape architecture firm Enea Garden Design. It emerges from the site as a wooden volume, discrete and elegant, and blends with the landscape as it responds to the natural environment, boundary lines and zoning conditions.
Project: Enea Headquarters
Architect: Oppenheim Architecture+Design
Scope: 30,000 SF corporate headquarters, competition entry (first place)
Location: Jona, Switzerland
The program includes greenhouses, warehouses, workshops, showrooms and administrative areas. The sequence of these components contributes to the volumetric arrangement of the building – all areas are connected by a service corridor that runs along the building and organizes not only the circulation between spaces, but the production line of the company itself.
The building derives its form from programmatical and site conditions – on one hand, the flow of the processes and program required in the program and their architectural resolution generate a long and low building broken where access points are needed, on the other hand, natural site conditions such as illumination and wind, the service access and the necessity of differentiating front and back – entrance and service areas – make the long mass the appropriate response. Its architectural simplicity is reinforced by the necessity of architectural sobriety and respect towards the elements and nature at the site.
The materials to be used look forward to merge with the natural environment externally – in aesthetical terms, as well as internally – in functional terms. Energy efficiency is decisive in the design process, so the project, consequently, is based entirely on the idea of taking advantage of natural resources such as natural light, natural insulating systems and natural energy conservation systems such as geothermal exchange, green roofs, etc. It is also planned that ‘green’ materials such as reclaimed wood and energy efficient fixtures will be used for a greater building performance.
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