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Owner Canton Ticino Trasportation Department
Design Architetto Bruno Fioretti Marquez, Berlino
Engineering Ingg. Borlini & Zanini, Pambio Noranco
Construction CSC, Lugano
Waterproofing Drytech Ticino, Bedano
Drytech Tank 711 m²
SWISS RAILWAYS OPERATIONS CONTROL CENTRE, POLLEGIO / The Pollegio Tunnel Control Centre (CEP) will manage the rail traffic in the Gotthard and Monte Ceneri base tunnels.
Called “the Periscope” because of its futuristic architecture, the Pollegio control centre will be one of four control centres for the Swiss Federal Railways, which between 2009 and 2015 will reduce the number of traffic control points from over 100 to just four modern centres in Lausanne, Olten, Zurich and Pollegio.
Approximately 150 people will work in the Periscope, involved in the management of goods trains and passengers inside the Gotthard and Monte Ceneri base tunnels. The height and shape of the building are the architectural reply to two functional constraints.
The CEP signposts and declares entry into the Gotthard base tunnel. It is a symbol. In order to be seen as such from the railway and the motorway, it was designed to be tall. The incompatibility in size between the control room and an office building was expressed in a radical way. The double height slab of the control room is grafted onto a “stem” of office space, arranged diagonally on the site.
The CEP is a sculptural object animated by a twist between the two spaces. When it is seen from a moving vehicle it is transformed, changing its proportions and offering different states of equilibrium.

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