JTI Geneva headquarters, Swiss Office Design, Japan Tobacco International Switzerland Building, Architect, Sécheron

JTI Headquarters Geneva, Switzerland

Japan Tobacco International Geneva headquarters, Switzerland, Europe – design by SOM Architects

14 Aug 2016

JTI Geneva headquarters is an International Architecture Awards Winner in 2016

International Architecture Awards 2016

11 May 2010

JTI Geneva – Japan Tobacco International Switzerland

JTI to invest further in the Canton of Geneva

Design: SOM, architects

Japan Tobacco International (JTI) has unveiled its plan for further investment in Geneva with a new building for its international headquarters. The aim is to build offices totalling approximately 25 000 sqm in the Sécheron area of the city by the end of 2013.

JTI has instructed UK-based architecture firm Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM), Geneva-based architects group8, global property consultancy Knight Frank as project managers and global construction consultants Davis Langdon as cost managers.

JTI Geneva headquarters, Office Building Switzerland
JTI offices Geneva – image from SOM, architects

Frits Vranken, senior vice president business development & corporate strategy, JTI commented: “Geneva is key to JTI’s long-term growth. Our company has been located in this city for more than four decades. We felt it was time for the company to invest in its own building. It offers us more flexibility as we grow and plan for the future. Currently, 700 employees work for our international headquarters in three separate buildings, and we expect there will be about 1,000 in the next four years. Our long-term objective is to have everyone under one roof.”

JTI moved in 2007 to Carouge, Geneva. However, the acquisition of UK-based Gallaher Group Plc the same year, and JTI’s growth projections, compelled the Company to reconsider its needs.

Japan Tobacco International Geneva headquarters – Further Information

Japan Tobacco International (JTI) is a member of the Japan Tobacco Group of Companies (JT), a leading international tobacco product manufacturer. It markets three of the top five worldwide cigarette brands: Winston, Mild Seven and Camel. Other international brands include Benson & Hedges, Silk Cut, Sobranie of London, Glamour and LD. With headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland, and net sales of USD 9.6 billion in the fiscal year ended December 31, 2009*, Japan Tobacco International has more than 25,000 employees and operations in countries. For more information, visit www.jti.com.

Knight Frank LLP is the leading independent global property consultancy. Headquartered in London, Knight Frank and its New York-based global partner, Newmark Knight Frank, operate from 207 offices, in 43 countries, across six continents. More than 6,340 professionals handle in excess of US$886 billion (£594 billion) worth of commercial, agricultural and residential real estate annually, advising clients ranging from individual owners and buyers to major developers, investors and corporate tenants.

Davis Langdon is a global construction consultancy, providing managed solutions for clients investing in infrastructure, property and construction, worldwide. The firm has worked on a number of high-profile projects including Westfield London, Liverpool ONE, Tate Modern, the Royal Festival Hall and the Eden Project Cornwall. It is the recipient of a number of industry awards including being voted BD World Architecture magazine’s Top International Construction Consultant for seventeen successive years and was named Building magazine’s Construction Consultant/Surveyor of the Year 2009 for the fourth consecutive year. The firm has 5,000 staff in some 105 offices worldwide.

Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM) is one of the leading architecture, urban planning, interior design, and engineering firms in the world, with a 75-year reputation for design excellence and a portfolio that includes some of the most important architectural accomplishments of the 20th and 21st centuries. Since its inception, SOM has been a leader in the research and development of specialized technologies, new processes and innovative ideas, many of which have had a palpable and lasting impact on the design profession and the physical environment. The firm’s longstanding leadership in design and building technology has been honoured with more than 1,300 awards for quality, innovation, and management. The American Institute of Architects has twice recognized SOM with its highest honour, the Architecture Firm Award — in 1962 and again in 1996. The firm maintains offices in London, Chicago, New York, San Francisco, Washington and Dubai.

Skidmore, Owings & Merrill

About group8

group8 is an architectural team whose research and development pushes the boundaries of design. With innovation and production of creative strategies as main objectives, group8 targets exemplary objects at all scales with economic and environmental efficiency. The insertion of a genuine cultural added value in each project feeds any action and reflection within the structure. The work culture of group8 enhances the pleasure and synergies through teamwork both locally and globally.

JTI Geneva headquarters building images / information from SOM Architects 100510

Location: Sécheron, Geneva, Visit Switzerland, central Europe

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