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Brief Published: 4 Nov 2011

Red Cross Logistics Complex


International aid organisation the International Committee of the Red Cross’s (ICRC) new logistics centre in Geneva features a white canvas skin. Not only is it durable, but it also acts as a symbol of the charity’s work by echoing the canvas-covered trucks used to deliver food and medical supplies in the field.

The canvas façade, designed by Geneva-based Group8 architects, also makes the building stands out against its industrial surroundings. Inside, the 15,000 sq m space houses a storage hall, transport centre, archives and offices.

The archives have been built using strict guidelines on operation and climate control. See our recent report 21st Century Archives for more examples of how brands are fusing architecture and technology to preserve their heritage.