Bernard Tschumi Architects have won an international design competition for designing a new center for performing arts at Institut Le Rosey, the renowned boarding school situated along Lake Geneva in Switzerland. What helped the winning firm clinch the prize was the ability to strike convergence of tradition with modernity while designing the new center called Carnal Hall.
The guys at Bernard Tschumi successfully overcame a tough challenge of expanding the already existing traditional architecture marked by mansard roofs and a wedge-shaped campus plan with something more contemporary. The proposal visualizes a low, stainless steel dome which separates various programs. The innermost part has an 800-seat concert hall with a black box theater, conference rooms, learning center, practice rooms for music and the arts and several relaxation spaces featuring a restaurant, a cafe and a student lounge. The Carnal Hall also features a central terrace toward the apex offering splendid views of Lake Geneva.