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Spiral, big, watch making, Switzerland, le brassus, vallee de joux, audemars piguet, addition, pavilion

BIG’s addition to the Maison des Fondateurs will be located among of the historical complex of workshops and factories in Le Brassus, Switzerland, in the heart of La Vallée de Joux. Its organization and architecture embodies the core values of Audemars Piguet. It had to be characterized by the independent spirit of the family owned company that has retained autonomy over the years, making it a game changing innovator in a field governed by rules and traditions.

This spiral proposal is rooted in the heritage of watch-making in La Vallée de Joux that goes back centuries and is nested in the nature and culture of the place and the people of the valley. And finally it had to incorporate the inner tension that characterizes Audemars Piguet and resonates throughout the brand, the craft and the designs as captured in the motto – to break the rules you must first master them. La Maison des Fondateurs is conceived as an oxymoron, striking but subtle, contemporary yet timeless. Functional and sculptural. Floating yet rooted. Local presence with a global resonance.

The spiral landmark is seamlessly integrated in the local landscape. The architecture aimed to be contemporary yet timeless in order to blend with the historical buildings and to create an intuitive sequence of spaces – old and new. A pavilion for the art and science of watch making is conceived as storyline for the visitors – every element governed by the functional requirements of the exhibition, appears as a striking sculpture conceived in a single gesture.

Spiral, big, watch making, Switzerland, le brassus, vallee de joux, audemars piguet, addition, pavilion

Spiral, big, watch making, Switzerland, le brassus, vallee de joux, audemars piguet, addition, pavilion

Spiral, big, watch making, Switzerland, le brassus, vallee de joux, audemars piguet, addition, pavilion

Spiral, big, watch making, Switzerland, le brassus, vallee de joux, audemars piguet, addition, pavilion

Spiral, big, watch making, Switzerland, le brassus, vallee de joux, audemars piguet, addition, pavilion

Spiral, big, watch making, Switzerland, le brassus, vallee de joux, audemars piguet, addition, pavilion

Spiral, big, watch making, Switzerland, le brassus, vallee de joux, audemars piguet, addition, pavilion

 

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