Building B

Building B will be planned, built, and operated using the BIM (Building Information Modelling) method. The digital 3D model will streamline and industrialise construction processes, contributing to a reduced carbon footprint.

To optimise the building’s operation, all elements and equipment will be detailed in the model to give information about composition, the type of maintenance required, maintenance deadlines, and the recyclability of materials used.

The project is characterised by its extensive use of locally sourced Fribourg wood, both for the structure and facades. No less than 2000 m³ of timber will be used. The façade will be clad in burnt wood, a technique that gives a natural finish and lasting protection. The integration of openwork slats in front of window openings forms a dynamic weave in dialogue with the built heritage and in line with the urban environment. Equipped with a solar roof and a photovoltaic sun visor system, the building will allow for innovative water management aimed at significantly reducing direct environmental impact (more efficient wastewater treatment) and improving the living environment.

Start of work November 2021
Commissioning 2023
SIA volume 34,562m³
Floor surface 8,428m²
Type of construction Local wood
Cost 25 million
Project owner BFF SA
Architects Ferrari Architectes
Main contractor JPF Entreprise Générale SA
Subcontractors 46 companies ⋅ 320 professionals

Offices Laboratories Prototyping rooms Conference rooms Restaurant


Ventilated façade with burnt wood cladding ⋅ Bioclimatic concept ⋅ Planted atrium

Electricity Potential of 1,047m² of photovoltaic panels
Labels Minergie-P ⋅ Minergie-Eco ⋅ Minergie-A
Estimated jobs 400


Geothermal probes under the building and centralised heat pump in the Grey Hall


  • Radiant heating panels (120 panels per floor, adjustable for about 180 areas)
  • Fan coil heating for meeting rooms and restaurants
  • Radiator heating for changing rooms
  • Air heaters for prototyping rooms


Global site management


  • Wastewater treatment by vermicomposter
  • Recovery of treated water (fertilizer production)
  • Use of untreated water as non-potable water resource
  • Collection of rainwater with green roof

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