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.
Topics: Building Information Modeling, Second China BIM Forum, SwissFEL, BIM, Paul Scherrer Institute, IttenBrechbuhl, 2018 Architecture Biennale, European Cultural Foundation, Swiss Free Electron Laser
Proving that just like fine wine, innovation gets better with age, Itten+Brechbühl AG, a Swiss architectural office and general planner company with almost 100 years of experience, was honored at the first BIM-Prize of Switzerland Awards, organized by Arc Award and Bauen digital Schweiz. Itten+Brechbühl took home the gold in the Innovation/Performance category for their advanced use of BIM in designing the SwissFEL project, one of the most remarkable research buildings in Switzerland.
The design and construction of the SwissFEL particle acceleratory facility in the forests of Switzerland presented architects and civil engineers with unique challenges. But equipped with Vectorworks software's BIM capabilities, architects at Itten+Brechbühl AG developed a model to account for the meticulous level of detail required to design a facility that houses a state-of-the-art free electron laser while also respecting the lush habitats of the surrounding landscape.