Herzog & de Meuron reveals designs for fourth Helvetia extension

Herzog & de Meuron has revealed designs for its fourth extension of Helvia’s HQ, an insurance company in the Swiss city of St Gallen.

The new west wing will provide a new entrance, as well as offices, meeting rooms and a staff café.

Much like the three previous extensions, the building will sit on the edge of the company’s cross-shaped campus. All buildings will share the same square-grid façade, and will frame a series of four courtyards.

“The fourth and final extension creates a striking entrance with a cafe, lounges and offices,” said Pierre de Meuron, co-partner partner at the firm alongside Jacques Herzog.

“In recent years, four new spaces, different in shape, size and cross-section, have been docked to the cross-shaped building with a central open staircase,” he added. “This has resulted in four yard-like gardens that integrate nature into the office. The uniform facades of all extensions give the entire building complex its identity.”

Construction of the campus is set to begin towards the end of this and operation between 2016/2017.