B+S ingénieurs conseils SA, in collaboration with Meir+Associés, have been commissioned to renovate this architecturally unique listed heritage building in Geneva. The task will be a tricky one in that they need to maintain all the original features and will have to carry out the work while the building will remain occupied.
Built in the mid-seventies, “La Tulipe” was the brainchild of Jack Vicajee Bertoli, an Indian-Swiss architect who had previously worked with Le Corbusier on Chandigarh's city planning. The building follows Brutalist architecture but is in fact not as starkly aggressive as many other works of that movement.
When you see the building, you immediately understand why it is referred to as “the tulip”. Its massive concrete stalk and petal-like base unfolds into a cube-shaped light framework encased in a delicate and colorful mosaic of pastel tinted window panes which reflect the sky and surrounding trees and change color at different times of day.
After over 40 years, let us hope that the architects will succeed in reviving the building to its original glory so that “la Tulipe” will once again be in full bloom.