The Polleggio Operation Center manages the railway traffic of the Gotthard and Monte Ceneri base tunnels.
Known as “The Periscope” for its futuristic architecture, the POC is one of the four SBB operating centers in Switzerland, together with the ultra-modern centers of Lausanne, Olten, Zurich.
Height and shape of the building are the architectural response to two functional constraints.
The POC marks and declares the entrance to the Gotthard base tunnel. It is a symbol.
To be perceived as such by the railway and the motorway it was developed in height.
The second constraint is the dimensional incompatibility between the control room and the type of an office building, which has led to accepting the contrast and expressing it in a radical way. Thus, the double-height slab of the control room is grafted onto a trunk of office space, arranged diagonally on the lot.
The POC therefore appears as a sculptural object animated by a twist between the two volumes.
Seen from a moving vehicle it transforms, changing its proportions and offering different states of balance.
Client: Canton Ticino logistics section
Project: Architect Bruno Fioretti Marquez, Berlin
Structure: Ingg. Borlini & Zanini, Pambio Noranco
Construction: CSC, Lugano
Waterproofing: Drytech Ticino, Bedano
Drytech Tank: 711 m²