From 25 to 27 June 2021, the Crayon altered the urban landscape in the historic setting of Grossmünsterplatz, much to the amazement of passers-by. Contemporary music concerts, architectural debates, workshops and performances were held – all in strict compliance with health measures.
Designed by the Rohrwerk sound factory, this ephemeral installation takes the form of a giant 41-metre high acoustic pencil that serves as a musical instrument, an open space for performances and also a place for discussion.
Although the design of the Crayon is the work of the firm Made In sàrl, NFIC contributed all its technical expertise to the project. We were commissioned to study the safety of the structure and ensure that it could withstand the environmental conditions (such as wind forces of up to 47 km/h), as well as to analyse the balance and fixation system on the ground.
As well as being of unusual design and size, the installation is also nomadic. It was unveiled at the Kunstmuseum Basel in 2019 and will travel to five cities in Switzerland. After Zurich, its second stop, the Crayon will be presented at the Rolex Learning Center of the EPFL in Lucerne and at the Musée d’Art et d’Histoire in Geneva.
Commissioned by the municipality of Echandens, NFIC has just won the study and implementation phase of the future school complex in Echandens (VD), a project developed by the Geneva-based architectural firm dl-c designlab-construction. This exciting scheme will allow us to showcase our analytical abilities and expertise in low-carbon buildings.
Structural works on a Minergie-P/ECO certified eco district demand a proven track record in sustainable construction. This challenge was brilliantly taken up by our team of concrete and recycled materials experts whose specialist knowledge was a real asset to the project.
In association with several renowned offices, NFIC was awarded the contract for the Aigle-Leysin railway line expansion project. This particular railway engineering project asserts our ambitions in this sector and demonstrates, once again, how important sustainable development is to us.
Pushing the boundaries also means constantly exploring new avenues of approach and new ideas. With Hello, Concrete, NFIC is helping to create an exhibition pavilion made entirely of 3D printed concrete. An extraordinary project to be experienced in the prestigious setting of the Vitra Design Museum.
On 3 September, the Beaulieu Theatre revealed its new face after a three-year renovation. This long-term project is part of a much larger conversion in which NFIC made a significant contribution. The kind of challenge we relish!
When NFIC's know-how is combined with an ecological and participatory approach, you can be sure the result will be something special! Welcome to the 2000-Watt Site at Églantine in Morges, a visionary project in which we are particularly proud to have played a part.
To mark its 25th anniversary in style, NFIC is celebrating with three very tall candles! The engineering company concludes the year by winning two daring projects including three emblematic towers.
The entire NFIC team was in China for a team-building event like no other.
Several of our employees participated in the 49th New York City Marathon in November 2019.
After being unveiled in Basel, the giant pencil made by NFIC was installed as a venue for concerts and performances in the heart of Zurich.
Congratulations to Loïc Devenoge and Noah Luinetti, who successfully obtained their CFC qualification in civil draughting.
Our firm is through to the second round of the competition organised by the City of Geneva.
NFIC is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year. A quarter of a century dedicated to pushing the boundaries with imagination.