House of Switzerland, Sotchi, Milano, Zürich, Davos, Rio, ...


For "Presence Switzerland", the concept was developed for a multi-use platform with adequate space (730 m²) to serve public diplomacy and to promote Switzerland's interests at major international events. Timbatec constructed a robust, demountable timber construction system for this purpose.

Facts and images
Construction Data
Montage in Sotchi
Montage in Sotchi
Interior visualization of the lounge
Interior visualization of the lounge
Inner courtyard
Inner courtyard
Connection detail: outer wall-floor slab
Connection detail: outer wall-floor slab

The project
The building ensemble consists of 4 buildings with up to three floors, whose overall silhouette evokes the modernity of contemporary Swiss wooden architecture. In this way, "Presence Switzerland" wants to present to the world a building document that combines tradition with contemporary Swiss architecture and design, built with Switzerland's "only renewable resource" - wood.

The construction
Few different element types with always the same construction details allow to create a variety of different rooms. The construction concept is based on a consistently applied basic grid of 2.65 m so that all elements can be transported in sea containers (high cube). The premiere: The house was presented for the first time at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sotchi, then at the Road Show as part of the Giro del Gusto in Milan and at the World Championships in Athletics in Zurich on the Sechseläuteplatz. Further events all over the world are planned.

The challenge
Timbatec's engineers were challenged to develop a robust, demountable, economical wooden construction system that was stable, safe and rainproof in any situation. The task was solved by means of a ribbed construction, which is repeated in the walls as well as in the floor slabs and roof.

Construction Data

- 120 m3 Oak wood (boards and glulam)

Services of Timbatec

- SIA phase 31 preliminary project

- Cost estimate

- SIA Phase 32 Construction project

- Fire protection planning

- Technical site management and site inspections

- Structural analysis and design

- SIA Phase 41 Tendering and comparison of offers

- technical construction management

- foundations

DFA, Presence Switzerland
3003 Bern

Spillmann Echsle Architekten AG
8038 Zurich

8048 Zurich

General contractor
Nüssli Schweiz AG
8536 Hüttwilen

Timber element construction
8355 Aadorf


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