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HOP wins.


Research building Smart Living Lab

Fribourg, Switzerland

Competition 1. prize 2019


Smart Living Lab, Fribourg, Switzerland

blueFACTORY Fribourg-Freiburg SA, Switzerland

Team HOP

Behnisch Architekten, Stuttgart, Germany

Drees & Sommer Schweiz AG, Basel, Switzerland

ZPF Ingenieure AG, Basel, Switzerland

Press release

We have reason to celebrate: the project “HOP” of the team made up of Behnisch Architekten, Drees & Sommer Switzerland and ZPF Ingenieure has won the study mandate (Mandate d'études parallèles - MEP) “Smart Living Lab”!

Our design for the new, iconic building of the research center located in the blueFACTORY innovation district in Fribourg on the site of the former Cardinal brewery impressed with its open, flexible, integrative and user-oriented character as well as with its the economic and resource savings. The panel of experts perceived that the winning team is characterized by its collective intelligence, receptivity, and enthusiasm, with architects and engineers working closely together.

The building will provide workspaces for close to 130 people over a 5000m2 floor area, on four stories. Its main structure is made of timber. Wood is also used for a system of box slabs which integrates ventilation, and for the façade. The latter combines various species of wood according to their properties
and their origin, paying particular attention to local timber.

We are very much looking forward to further cooperation and the challenges of this exciting project.

For further information:

Exhibition of MEP projects: September 13-26, 2019, Halle bleue, blueFACTORY

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