The new FIM Headquarters

Elegant and iconic, the new headquarters of the FIM (International Motorcycling Federation) is set between the railway and the cantonal road connecting Geneva to the canton of Vaud, on a sloping terrain with trees. The building occupies the lower part of the naturally landscaped plot, an imposing circular presence when seen from the adjacent roundabout. The vertical rhythm of the pillars and the depth of the façade produce a kinetic effect when viewed by the surroundings. At the heart of the building, with natural lighting from the skylight domes, is a monumental staircase that connects the two levels. Cast in concrete as a single unit, its triangular underside suggests a vertebrate structure – like a spinal column bearing the transparent framework of the building as a whole.