WHO Geneva Headquarters Building Extension Competition

SubmissionOctober 19, 2014
Registration: September 19, 2014 (200€)
Language: English or French
Location: Geneva, Switzerland
PrizesA total of CHF 320.000 (€ 263.000)  + Prize of CHF 12.000 (€ 10.000) to each selected team for the second stage.
Type: Open competition for architects in two stages with 9 to 13 projects chosen

The World Health Organization (WHO) is launching an international, two-stage architectural design competition for the extension and redevelopment of WHO Headquarters in Geneva.

The headquarters of WHO are situated in the international organizations area in Geneva, near Cointrin Airport, and culminates at the top of the hill on the edge of Prégny-Chambésy and Grand-Saconnex. It currently consists of ten buildings of very unequal quality and architectural value.

After 58 years with its headquarters on the present site, WHO is now committed to a large-scale redevelopment project.

The intervention strategy on site is scheduled as follows:

  •  Demolition of temporary and/or prefabricated buildings
  •  Construction of the New Building with an underground garage (the purpose of this competition).
  •  Refurbishment of WHO’s historic Main Building.
  •  Sale of parcel 406 with its three buildings to a third party.

The organization of this competition must allow WHO to construct a New Building, where the current staff of the Main Building will be housed for the duration of its refurbishment, without causing any disruption that could impede the functioning of WHO and the work of its staff.


Date: August 6, 2014