Parker Hannifin European HeadquartersLa Tuilière 6, 1163
Design Achievement - A decade long partnership with Parker Hannifin involving multiple projects at its world headquarters in the United States rendered DLR Group|Westlake Reed Leskosky the perfect match to execute the design of its European Headquarters relocation. Moving from England to Switzerland, this Fortune 500 company envisioned a new building and interiors that reflect Swiss hallmarks of precision and transparency, while serving as a dramatic showcase to attract visitors and staff. In response, DLR Group|Westlake Reed Leskosky designed a building with an elemental and minimalist expression, rooted in regional building characteristics and connected to its site. Stucco and glass float above foundations and extended landscaping walls of native limestone. The lightly hued skin interacts with the constantly shifting natural light common to Lake Geneva, creating a building that undergoes subtle changes in appearance. The board room, placed on the second level over the entry, has a private terrace with dramatic views to the lake and Alps. The building’s placement on the site further maximizes views to the lake. The office component is located in a long, narrow bar with a skin of floor to ceiling glass. This strategy maximizes exposure to natural light and views for all employees. The interior palette, although more minimal than that of the client’s Cleveland World Headquarters, is still unmistakably of the corporate branding strategy. Crisply detailed natural stones, blonde woods, and lightly colored walls, floors, and ceilings set a distinctly Swiss tone. The headquarters have become a valuable tool for both sales and recruitment; the simplicity and spartan elegance reflect the engineering culture of the company, while the attention paid to the quality of workplace environment resonates with staff and candidates.
Scope Summary - The 80,000 SF building provides workspace for 150 full time employees. It also serves as a conference, marketing, and public relations facility, with a significant volume of visitors. A pavilion skinned in stucco and glass houses amenity functions including entry, exhibit, board room, meeting rooms and food service. The curtain wall system is triple glazed with internal motorized louvers to ameliorate energy consumption. The use of color and material was so well received by the client that it prompted our formation of an international master palette for both interior and exterior design. Organized and accessible via digital format, the reference manual identifies a palette framework and customization choices for Parker Hannifin’s North America, Europe and Asia facilities. DLR Group|Westlake Reed Leskosky provided architecture, interior design (including FFE), and design standards for the project.
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