Steven Holl Architects in collaboration with Rüssli Architekten has won the international design competition for the new Geneva Operational Center for Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) or Doctors Without Borders.
Titled Colors of Humanity, the design has a cubic geometry that reveals its open-ended flexibility, which can be added onto in the future. Photovoltaic glass in varying degrees of permeability will provide energy, shade, and the building’s bold colors. The curtain-wall facade will utilize 40% transparent solar cells that can be produced in a multitude of colors and allow for fully operational windows. The roof will house high efficient photovoltaic panels in addition to a roof garden. Combined with Genilac, the Geneva district lake water loop, the solar cells will raise the building’s self-produced electricity to 72% of the building’s operation usage.
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