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  • 06.24.11

Tiny Details Add Up To Stunning Effect, In This Swiss Office [Slideshow]

There are two things Switzerland does better than anyone else: minimalism and milk chocolate. The slick, glassy office building you see here is proof positive.

There are two things Switzerland does better than anyone else: minimalism and milk chocolate. The slick, glassy office building you see here is proof positive of the former in the town that gave the world the latter.

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The ECA/OAI Building rises five stories over central Vevey — a small city on Lake Geneva and, yes, the blessed birthplace of milk chocolate — with a boxy volume that’s so unassuming it’d be downright boring if not for a continuous stretch of floor-to-ceiling picture windows dotting the facade. The windows show off a sculptural spiral staircase indoors and, for the folks who work there, afford panoramic views of the city and the mountains. The coolest part: At night, with the curtains up, the place looks like a big, voyeuristic light box. It’s Play Time on the Swiss Riviera.

The building was designed by the young Swiss architects Personeni Raffaele Schärer Architectes. Read more about them here.

[Images by the phenomenal Tonatiuh Ambrosetti, courtesy of Personeni Raffaele Schärer Architectes; hat tip to Dezeen]

About the author

Suzanne LaBarre is the editor of Co.Design. Previously, she was the online content director of Popular Science and has written for the New York Times, the New York Observer, Newsday, I.D.

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