In the jewellery, fashion and design market Swarovski is a byword for spectacular works crafted from precision-cut crystal. The growth enjoyed by Swarovski in recent years prompted the decision to build a new office/administration building for the holding company in Männedorf on Lake Zurich, to accommodate 470 workplaces, a staff restaurant and an underground garage with 178 parking spaces.
The architecture features an unusual horseshoe design opening onto the lake. The Daniel Swarovski Corporation commissioned Alpiq InTec AG to install the entire facility management system for electrical and sanitary installations in compliance with the Minergie standard. In keeping with the ecological design of the building, which uses regenerative energy sources, the water is obtained from nearby Lake Zurich. A heat pump uses lake water to heat the new Swarovski building, and can also be used as a combined machine for air conditioning.
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