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Swiss Re, Headquarters, Zurich

Interior Plant Design with continent-specific Vegetation

The design for the restruc­turing of Swiss Re’s headquar­ters in Zurich — which came about as the result of a compet­i­tion which was won by Diener & Diener Architekten — replaces an existing building from the 1960s. The outside is char­ac­ter­ised by a large, undu­lating glass façade. Further­more, the building repres­ents great flex­ib­ility in its use of the office floors and modern, future-oriented work­sta­tions.

The interior plant design came about as the result of artist Willem de Rooij’s idea to asso­ciate each floor with the veget­a­tion of a specific continent: North America, South America (the tropics), the Australian Outback, Antarc­tica (tundra).

Plants and containers fuse together in a natural manner. Featuring the most varied of surfaces, large, flat containers from Atelier Vierkant each make up the colour, struc­ture and surface of the natural earth of the indi­vidual contin­ents. Glazes, varnishes and untreated surfaces are used altern­ately, resulting in fascin­ating games being played with the daylight.


  • Diener & Diener Architekten, Basel aplantis AG, Bern
  • Increases job satisfaction, has a stress-reducing effect
  • Stefan Altenburger Photography, Zurich
  • Fiddleleaf, Yucca rostrata, Norfolk Island pine, Strelitzia nicolai, Philodendron

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