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* Architecture: Dominique Perrault Wins Competition for Esplanade Tower in Fribourg

Posted by the editors on Tuesday, 3 July 2012

Architecture: Dominique Perrault Wins Competition for Esplanade Tower in Fribourg: “..winner of a concept/construction international competition for the Esplanade Tower in downtown Fribourg, Switzerland.  The high rise is part of regeneration project of the Swiss Federal Railways at the site of the former Pilettes Station..By 2015, the Esplanade Tower will fit into Fribourg’s skyline.  The tower is a 60 meter glass skyscraper of 18 floors that is anticipated to become a landmark of the new downtown.  The downtown area has a long and rich history.  It is layered with the transformation of its historic districts, stratified along lower and upper terraces..The tower’s facades respond to the conditions of its placement.  The north-west side, which faces the former station, is smooth and austere.  The south-east side, facing the medieval town and the urban developments, is expressive – full of corbellings and balconies – inciting a dialogue between the historic face of the city and its new developments..The tower will be mixed use, including a commercial area, office spaces, a restaurant and housing..”  Cantilevers, terraces, balconies..

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image: © DPA / ADAGP; article: Vinnitskaya , Irina . “Dominique Perrault Wins Competition for Esplanade Tower in Fribourg” 02 Jul 2012.ArchDaily. <http://www.archdaily.com/249736&gt;

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One Response to “* Architecture: Dominique Perrault Wins Competition for Esplanade Tower in Fribourg”

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