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IttenBrechbühl Presents SwissFEL BIM Project at the 2018 Architecture Biennale in Venice

Posted by Lisa Lance on 7/26/18 10:22 AM

Architecture and general planning practice IttenBrechbühl exhibited a spatial installation with images of the SwissFEL, Switzerland’s X-ray free-electron laser, at the renowned Architecture Biennale in Venice.


The installation can be seen in the Palazzo Mora of the European Cultural Foundation.
Image © IttenBrechbühl

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A Vectorworks user for many years, the Swiss architecture firm used a BIM workflow to plan the Paul Scherrer Institute (PSI), the large-scale research facility of the SwissFEL building.

Unveiled on May 24, the installation by IttenBrechbühl demonstrates the firm’s use of BIM planning for the design of the building, which houses one of the world's four free-electron X-ray lasers. The installation shows backlit images of the institute in a black cube — the building’s architecture is the ultimate in precision. The photographs show the 750-meter-long SwissFEL building in its scientific sobriety and its manifold complexity.

PSI Swiss FEL Einbau Roentgenlaser 3©René Rötheli Baden

The Swiss Free Electron Laser (FEL) is in an absolutely controlled, technically highly precise space.
Image © René Rötheli Baden.

Visitors can view the exhibit in the Palazzo Mora of the European Cultural Foundation until November 25, 2018. Click here to see a behind-the-scenes video of the installation.


Topics: IttenBrechbuhl, SwissFEL, 2018 Architecture Biennale, European Cultural Foundation, Swiss Free Electron Laser, Building Information Modeling, Paul Scherrer Institute, Second China BIM Forum, BIM

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