JTI Headquarters

Structural Designer

SOM - Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, Inc

Client Name

JTI - Japan Tobacco International

Location

Geneva, Switzerland

LEAD ARCHITECT

Skidmore Owings & Merrill Inc

LOCAL DELIVERY ARCHITECT

Burckhardt + Partner AG

LEAD STRUCTURAL ENGINEER

Skidmore Owings & Merrill Inc

LOCAL STRUCTURAL ENGINEER

Ingeni SA

Images: © JTI, SOM, Johannes Marburg, Hufton + Crow, Adrien Barakat

PROJECT DESCRIPTION

A 10-storey building framed in structural steel, forming a triangular shape around a central courtyard, this stunning landmark building, with its impressive cantilever, establishes a strong identity amongst its prestigious neighbours and surrounding parklands.

Each of the three perimeter and three courtyard building elevations are sloped, full-depth, nested Pratt trusses, tied together by moment connections in the spandrel beams, which together resist all gravity and lateral loads.

Judge's comment:

The structural design of this impressive building has allowed the architect to achieve his goal with elegance and efficiency.  The use of full height, 10 storey inclined steel trusses not only inspires and mirrors the façade geometry, but also provides the primary support for the long span column free floor plates throughout the building.