The Swiss architectural office CCHE manages urban planning, architecture, interior design and design projects from initial conception to end product. Its multi-disciplinary team, representing up to ten professions, 240 employees and 13 partners, is spread across 5 offices in Lausanne, Geneva, Nyon, the "Vallée de Joux" and Porto in Portugal, as well as the subsidiary Perspectives Construction.
We bring under the same roof all the skills of architecture with passionate, dynamic and creative teams in order to offer high quality know-how and global thinking, regardless of the scale of the project.
Whether it's the renovation of a protected structure with a historical inventory, the development of a large housing estate or the creation of a museum of fine watchmaking, projects signed CCHE are distinguished by a vision that is economic, ecological and social.
3D images, videos, views with a drone or virtual and augmented reality scenes are all tools that enable them to embody CCHE projects and reveal all their subtlety.
The collaboration between interior architects and designers allows the development of arrangements and atmospheres in accordance with the activity of a company and its functioning.
From the object to the graphics, from the custom-made piece to the industrial production, each detail is worked to serve a whole.
The metal elements of this custom-made façade are bevelled in order to give the building an airy feel and confer it its own identity.
The realization of this glass spiral in the Vallée de Joux represents a technical feat made possible by the transversal intervention of different specialists in the office, supported by the best technologies.
The installation of these buildings combining housing and workshops has allowed the creation of an intimate courtyard offering a meeting place, a special world protected from external nuisances.
Our multi-disciplinary teams of architects, urban planners, designers, project managers, works managers, landscapers or environmental and construction specialists offer much more than just projects. Each development is considered from a cross-disciplinary perspective to give it vision, coherence and precision.
The pooling of skills and experience allows, through a broader analysis of each situation, to take care of every detail while preserving the overall vision of the project. This attitude unites all employees around a common objective: to surprise each client and push them to go further.
This desire to surpass oneself is also reflected in a commitment to various international collaborations, notably with the BIG (DK) and Kengo Kuma (JA) offices, for the realisation of ambitious projects.
Our office is constantly evolving and we are always on the lookout for new talents: visit our job page to discover our vacancies.
From the development of an idea to the realization of a building, each step is supported by the use of specific tools and technologies allowing us to sharpen our intervention in a targeted way.
The long-term vision and the sustainability of our activity are anchored in the DNA of CCHE and encourage us to take an interest in the development of tools and techniques in order to carry out our core business and meet tomorrow's expectations.
Being a permanently evolving structure, CCHE is constantly on the lookout for the latest technological innovations to support efficient, coordinated, precise and safe interventions.
Our research and development (R&D) units work on new tools, linked for example to the world of BIM, parametric management, studies on algorithms, virtual and augmented reality and all other themes linked to new project development processes.
Virtual or augmented reality and 3D printing allow to materialize intentions, ideas or principles and to verify their viability in the whole project.
Our Oculus Rift virtual reality goggles and Unreal Engine software are used to create virtual environments that can be visited in real time. Spherical renderings, 3D images and augmented reality presentations are developed by an in-house team of computer graphics designers. Customers can thus immerse themselves in their future spaces and actively participate in their development without having to resort to technical documents.
Thanks to a consistent framework put in place in the 2000s, CCHE can now develop digital BIM models in ArchiCAD and Revit, with the support of a dedicated team.
No BIM modeling services are handled externally. Half of the office's staff work with BIM software on a daily basis.
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CCHE was founded more than 100 years ago by the architects Charles and Frédéric Brugger. Thanks to a resolutely forward-looking spirit, Brugger designed several buildings in French-speaking Switzerland that are representative of Lausanne life: the Elysée school complex (1957-1965), the Kodak SA administrative building (1959-1962) and the social housing of the Tours de la Borde (1962-1968). His open-mindedness and entrepreneurial vision opened the doors to the 1964 National Exhibition, for which he was the architect responsible for the industry and crafts sector.
It was then Edouard Catella and Erich Hauenstein who took over the reins of the office, continuing the original spirit: to make CCHE a workshop where value is created together, where the group rather than the individual is emphasized. Anxious to offer ever more suitable solutions, they gradually surround themselves with innovative and complementary architects capable of perpetuating the perennial and multidisciplinary vision instilled from the outset.
Since its origins, CCHE has evolved considerably, both in terms of its size and the diversification of its fields of expertise and services. Generations have succeeded one another and the group is today led by 14 partners, at the head of 6 complementary subsidiaries, who challenge each project with meaning and conviction to create a story for it.
The creation of a tightly knit community includes internal training, which is at the heart of CCHE's concerns and is an integral part of the office's values. In addition to a model that encourages employees to support and train their colleagues in their field of expertise, CCHE welcomes several apprentices (draftsmen and commercial employees) and trainees (short and long term) each year.
In addition, every month of year, programmes called "Lunch & Learn" are offered to employees during lunch at one of the different sites, but also by videoconference broadcasting. These training sessions are given by in-house staff to enable their colleagues to discover or deepen their knowledge of subjects related to their jobs. With the aim of constantly improving the office, CCHE offers opportunities for future development accordingly to each person's ambitions.
CCHE's commitment to internal training is reflected in its support for the dual training model and the hosting of several apprentices and trainees each year.
CCHE was the first architectural office to be awarded the EcoEntreprise label in 2009, and as company is keen to push the ecological qualities of its projects and ideas ever further: elimination of polyurethane in buildings, Minergie and Minergie ECO labels used as a common thread in design and implementation, eco-balancing of materials, and so on.
CCHE has in its teams several experts in sustainable development issues in construction as well as an integrator One Planet Living, able to accompany the office projects to push them towards the best economic, ecological and social balance.
The district "Ancienne Papeterie" designed by the Magizan-CCHE architects' group will be located on a former industrial site to accommodate 800 inhabitants and areas dedicated to activities in a first phase. It is the first ecological district in the canton of Fribourg to be OPL® certified.
Based in the booming Malley district, CCHE Lausanne is run by 7 complementary partners who bring their own sensitivity, experience and skills to the projects. Hannes Ehrensperger, Marco Cennini, Marc Fischer, Daniel Grosso, Franziska Lakomski, Victoria Stoddart and Eric Mathez have a unanimous desire to respond in an ever more adapted and personalised way to the demands of their clients, and give rise to projects on all scales, from the district to the object, with Architecture as a common thought.
In order to be geographically closer to its clients and local partners, CCHE Lausanne has initiated the deployment of its brand through various subsidiaries in Switzerland and abroad since 2011. CCHE Nyon SA was created at the end of 2011 from the association with Jacques Suard's Nyon office "Suard Architectes SA" and is today managed by Stéphanie Suard Dancet and Max Nack. The synergy and complementarity effects between the two structures have enabled the office to consolidate its role as an important player in the region.
Continuing its history, CCHE strengthend its activity in the Vallée de Joux with the opening in 2016 of a third office in Le Sentier, CCHE La Vallée SA, with Marie Ståhl as a partner.
In 2017, CCHE joined forces with CLM-ARCHITECTES to actively participate in the urban development of Geneva and its region. CCHE Genève SA, which is now jointly managed by Alain Carlier and Frédéric Ducrest, is on a roll and has almost doubled its workforce in two years to cope with the many mandates in progress.
In 2018, the CCHE Porto Lda office, headed by Carolina Azevedo, marked the international deployment of CCHE and allows the combination of Swiss rigour and Portuguese creativity to this day.
The situation of the various subsidiaries that make up the CCHE network allows the company to immerse itself in the culture of the place and to forge close links with local players.
The use of videoconferencing for inter-group exchanges and collaboration is one of the components set up to support the group's international expansion.
The latest addition to the CCHE family, the Perspectives Construction SA entity, which is sharing its premises with CCHE Nyon SA, is part of this evolution and offers turnkey projects, from design to delivery, at guaranteed prices and deadlines in the form of general and/or total contracting.