Ingenhoven Architects

M'nnedorf, Switzerland

In the rarefied world of Swarovski crystal there is a new jewel'the Daniel Swarovski Corporation headquarters. Situated on the tranquil eastern shore of Lake Zurich, in M'nnedorf, Switzerland, the new building, designed by D'sseldorf-based Ingenhoven Architects, is as beautiful a work environment as one could imagine.

For 118 years, since Daniel Swarovski invented the precision-cutting machine that revolutionized the crystal-glass industry, the company has grown to manufacture decorative products that are irresistible to such iconic fashion houses as Chanel, Schiaparelli, Balenciaga, and Dior, making Swarovski a tony household name.

Fast forward to 2010, when the $2 billion'plus company charged Ingenhoven Architects with designing a new building, which would take teamwork and creative thinking to a higher level. The location was selected for the inspiring panoramic views of the lake it provides. The architects were asked to create an innovative and sustainable office building with an open, transparent interior plan. Additionally, they were asked to provide nearly all the company's 500 employees with well-appointed lake-view offices and workstations.

The design team's solution is an elegant boomerang-shaped structure that frames the lake for its occupants with a glazed facade. Internal glass walls allow views through the exterior offices, bringing the outdoors in from almost every direction. The result is an unparalleled feeling of spaciousness and light.

The new building houses administrative offices, the marketing department, and an in-house design studio. Employees enter a gleaming white lobby, where more general spaces include a lounge, a restaurant, and rooms for conferences and workshops. Every aspect of the layout has been designed for spontaneous interaction. Meanwhile, the open-plan work areas on the upper floor facilitate collaboration among employees, as well as easily configured organizational changes.

According to architect Ben Dieckmann, a member of Ingenhoven's project team, designing for optimum employee communication was particularly important to the Daniel Swarovski marketing department. 'The main thing was to maximize the exchange of ideas,' he says. 'The U-shaped open space, where not only are all colleagues visible to each other, but also where all of the office workstations enjoy the panorama of Lake Zurich, is a major part of the success of the building.' In fact, he notes, Swarovski has already outgrown the building and plans an extension on the grounds''proof that the overall aim of the project was achieved.'

ingenhoven architects international gmbh & co. kg
Düsseldorf, Alte Landstrasse 404
8708 Männedorf, Switzerland,
Phone +41 [0]43 843 30 80
Zweigniederlassung Männedorf

Completion Date: July 2010

Gross square footage: 204,000 square feet

Total construction cost: $63 million


Owner: DSC (Daniel Swarovski Corporation)

ingenhoven architects international gmbh & co. kg
Düsseldorf, Alte Landstrasse 404
8708 Männedorf, Switzerland,
Phone +41 [0]43 843 30 80
Zweigniederlassung Männedorf

Personnel in architect's firm who should receive special credit:
Thomas Höxtermann
Tel 0049 211 30101146
M 0049 173 579 3311

Architect of record: Christoph Ingenhoven

Associate architect(s): Thomas Höxtermann

Interior designer: ingenhoven architects

Structural Ingenieur: Werner Sobek Ingenieuere, Stuttgart, Germany

Concept & Controlling:Thomas Baumgartner & Partner, Dübendorf, Switzerland

Mechanical: Grünberg & Partner, Zürich, Switzerland

Electrical: Bühler & Scherler, St. Gallen, Switzerland

Ingenhoven architects, Männedorf & inside outside, Petra Blaise, Amsterdam

Lighting: Tropp lighting, Weilheim, Germany

Acoustical: Mühlebach & Partner, St. Gallen, Switzerland

Façade: Werner Sobek Ingenieuere, Stuttgart, Germany

General contractor:  
Implenia, Zürich, Switzerland

Hans-Georg Esch, Bergisch Gladbach, Germany
Andreas Keller, Altdorf, Germany

Bünck und Fehse, Berlin, Germany

CAD system, project management, or other software used: Microstation, Bentley, Office Tools



Structural system
reinforced concrete

Manufacturer of any structural components unique to this project: 
Implenia, general contractor

Exterior cladding
josef gartner, Gundelfingen, Germany
josef gartner, Gundelfingen, Germany

josef gartner, Gundelfingen, Germany

josef gartner, Gundelfingen, Germany
Schüco System

Schüco System, Bielefeld, Germany

Blasi, Mahlberg, Germany

Metal doors:
Hörmann, Metal doors, Amshausen, Germany

Fire-control doors, security grilles:
Hörmann, Firedoors, Amshausen, Germany

GEZE, Leonberg, Germany

GEZE, Leonberg, Germany

Exit devices:
GEZE, Leonberg, Germany

FSB, Brakel, Germany

Security devices:
GEZE, Leonberg, Germany

Interior finishes
Acoustical ceilings:
Sto AG, Stühlingen, Germany

Suspension grid:
Schmid Metal ceilings, Simmerberg, Germany

Demountable partitions:
Schmid Metal ceilings, Simmerberg, Germany

Winkler Design, Tübingen, Germany

Auer Holzmanufaktur Innsbruck, Austria,

Paints and stains:
Sto AG, Stühlingen, Germany

Wall coverings:
Lindner Group, Arnstorf, Germany

Lindner Group, Arnstorf, Germany

Solid surfacing:
concrete finish surfacing

Special surfacing:
concrete finish surfacing

Resilient flooring:
BASF Mastertop, Ludwigshafen, Germany

Tisca Tiara, Bühler, Switzerland

Raised flooring:
Knauf, Iphofen, Germany

Office furniture:
BENE, Waidhofen an der Ybbs, Germany

Reception furniture: 
Auer Holzmanufaktur Innsbruck, Austria,

Fixed seating: 
Alias, Milano, Italy

Alias, Milano, Italy

Alias, Milano, Italy

Alias, Milano, Italy

Other furniture:
Vitra, Eames chair, Weil am Rhein, Germany

Interior ambient lighting:
Zumtobel, Dornbirn, Austria

Wila, Iserlohn, Germany

Bega, Menden, Germany

Kone, Vienna, Austria

Keramag, Ratingen, Germany
Pfeiffer,Asslar, Germany