Merck Serono

Architecture
JAHN, Chicago/USA

Planning time
2002 − 2004

Construction time
2004 − 2006

Services by Werner Sobek
Structural engineering (WP 1 − 6 acc. to § 64 HOAI)
Facade engineering (WP 1 − 6 acc. to § 64 HOAI)

GFA
64,000 m²

Client
Serono International S.A., Geneva/Switzerland

Photography
Rainer Viertlböck, Gauting/Germany

Awards
AIA Chicago Distinguished Building Award 2007 – Citation of Merit
Schweizer Stahlbaupreis Prix Acier 2009

The new headquarters of the Swiss pharmaceutical company Merck Serono in Geneva was built on the design of Chicago-based architect Helmut Jahn. The first building phase consists of the buildings B1 and B2 (7 storeys each) and B3 (6 storeys), an atrium between B1 and B2, and a forum between B2 and B3. All buildings have a massive basement which is founded on pillars. The facades of B1 – B3, the atrium and the forum are completely glazed. The roofs of the atrium and the forum are equally fully glazed. A special feature is the roof of the forum: this 60 m long structure can be opened hydraulically. In order to minimize forces resulting from this movement, the roof is equipped with a counter weight.