House of Basketball-Details
History of the construction decision and search for the site
The 1998 FIBA World Congress took up the idea, first put forward in 1968, to look into the possibilities of acquiring a property for its own headquarters.
On 4-5 May 2000, eight cities were presented to the Central Board of FIBA and Geneva was chosen as its future home city.
Several sites were considered for the future FIBA offices, until 29 May 2002, when FIBA finally moved into rented offices in a building close to Geneva’s Cointrin airport.
Thereafter, the search for a site to build its own world headquarters was actively pursued.
With limited space available in Canton Geneva, the search was extended to Canton Vaud, where the IOC (Lausanne) is based.
In May 2004, the town of Nyon offered to supply FIBA with land, yielded as a “surface right”, on the shores of the Lake Leman at the so-called
Beau-Réveil site. On 18 August 2004, the Central Board decided unanimously to accept this offer.
However, the agreement reached with the municipality of Nyon was rejected following a popular referendum related to the protection of the site, on 21 May 2006 (63% against).
In the summer of 2006, a new site was put forward to FIBA, this time by the Commune of Coppet, located between Geneva and Nyon. The slowness of the political process related to this latest site forced FIBA to pursue its search elsewhere.
Finally, in May 2008 the Mies site was suggested to FIBA, who quickly became aware of the absence of political hurdles susceptible to compromise the execution of the project, as had been the case on previous occasions. Mies is the first Commune in Canton Vaud as you leave Canton Geneva.
Design Competition Phases I, II and III
As soon as the parcel of land was acquired, a selection process began in order to determine which architect and which project would be chosen for the project. This process consisted of three phases.
10 pre-selected architectural firms were invited to set up special working groups and apply for the right to submit a project.
On the basis of these applications, 8 working groups were retained for an extensive audition.
Following these auditions, 4 were selected for the second phase.
Precise regulations and a list of requirements were established and handed down to the remaining candidates on 17 December 2008 in order that the projects be submitted by 25 March 2009.
A panel of judges was set up from:the Board of the International Basketball Foundation, experts from within FIBA , external experts specialised in relevant fields (architects, engineers, economists, legal consultants, etc…)
This panel met on 6, 7 and 8 April 2009 in order to evaluate the projects that had been submitted.
Following this evaluation, the Jury suggested proceeding to a 2nd round, with two projects having particularly impressed due to their very high quality and the diversity of parties involved.
A revised version of the regulations and list of requirements was handed to the finalists on 13th May 2009, so that more detailed versions of the projects could be submitted by 31 August 2009.
The Jury met again on 8 and 9 September 2009 to evaluate the revised projects and decide on the winning project.
Unanimously, it recommended that FIBA choose the Luscher architects’ group with its «Basket Hall» project.
This recommendation was put forward and unanimously approved by the IBF Council on 8th September 2009.
This decision was then ratified by the FIBA Central Board on 11 December 2009 during its meeting in Istanbul, Turkey.
Timeline for construction
Design Competition (two rounds) January to September 2009
FIBA Central Board ratification December 2009
Project finalization January to March 2010
Building Permit application April 2010
Launching of the Calls for Tender September 2010
Beginning of the construction work December 2010
Inauguration and move to the new building Spring 2013
To date, the project is perfectly on time , with ground works having begun in December 2010.