At the end of the parallel study mandate carried out by the Montreux municipality to restructure the Montreux Convention and Exhibition Centre, the project of the Team (2m2c)2 - a consortium of the offices CCHE, BG and Pragma Partenaires - was selected. The winning project aims to bring the whole complex up to safety and technical standards, harmonise the building constructed in three phases (1973, 1983 and 1993), upgrade some areas that have become obsolete and develop the 2m2c.
The work is planned in such a way as to leave the 2m2c building in operation especially for the major events it hosts.
The concept of the restructuring of the building consists in taking advantage of the security constraints to create on each facade and at all levels, independent entrances for every event, thus making them autonomous; "each one its own entrances". Treated in a theatrical manner, these coloured entrances amplify the versatility and simultaneous use of all the venues. They guide visitors and enhance the way to the event spaces. The routes leading to the different rooms "unroll" like ribbons along the façades. In this way, spectators enjoy a panoramic view of the lake, and passers-by can see the public taking the stairs to their events, thus offering a theatrical, lively and different staging.
Inside, the passageways between the levels of the two buildings offer a fluidity of movement thanks to new staircases and elevators. It is thus possible to reach each space without having to pass through another area of activity. Particular care has been taken to ensure the versatility of the rooms and the quality of the event venues; each space will have its own entrance, foyer and services (sanitary facilities and storage), making it easier to host several events simultaneously without interference.
The 2m2c is surrounded by the lake, the mountains and the city in an exceptional site that sets it apart from other urban sites and makes it internationally renowned. Whether in relation to the region or the landscape, the renovations will better integrate the building into its environment while leaving it the landmark role it should play.
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