Sapa's Wicona-brand aluminium building solutions were used in the spectacular Monte Rosa Hut near Zermatt.
Did you know?
Switzerland is a federalist democratic state in the heart of Europe. Its capital is Bern.
Foreigners represent about 25 percent of the Swiss population. Switzerland is one of most densely populated countries in Europe, with the population mainly concentrated in the midland basin between the Jura and the Alps mountain ranges. Its economic center is situated between Lake Constance and Lake Geneva, where most of the biggest cities are located.
The country consists of 26 partially sovereign cantons and has four official languages, which form the foundation of the four cultural and language regions. Switzerland is a neutral country and is neither a member of the European Union nor NATO.
The country’s national identity and its cohesion are based on intercultural factors, such as faith in direct democracy and a high level of local and regional autonomy, as well as the willingness to compromise on political decisions.
Switzerland has more than 3,350 peaks that are at least 2,000 meters high. Its most famous are the Matterhorn and the triple constellation of Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau. The country also is home to the longest glacier in the Alps, the 22.75-km-long Aletsch Glacier.
Meet one of our managers:
Dino Rossi (pictured) leads Sapa Building Systems in Switzerland, from the company’s office in Mägenwil. It is in the canton of Aargau, about 30 minutes from Zürich. Sapa employs around 50 people in Switzerland.
We believe our strengths in Switzerland:
Sapa’s aluminium building systems business has a market share of more than 40 percent in Switzerland. In the market, the company is strongly represented with its three brands: Wicona, Sapa and Technal.
Projects we are proud of:
The headquarters of the international football association FIFA (pictured) are in Zürich and were built with Wicona-brand aluminium systems. The FIFA building was one of the first buildings with an integrated ventilation flap and a Minergie-P certificate.
The Monte Rosa Hut is about 3,000 meters above sea level and is a self-sufficient building. In summer, the meltwater is collected in a cave situated in the rock. All its electricity is generated by a photovoltaic installation and the wastewater is cleaned in the building using the produced energy. The row of windows circling twice around the building was achieved with Wicona-brand systems.
The highest building with an aluminium-and-glass facade is located on the Klein – or, Little – Matterhorn, at 3,800 meters above sea level. The building (pictured, right) includes a restaurant as well as several rooms for accommodation. The south-facing facade was accomplished with use of an inclined Wicona-brand post and mullion construction.
Facts about Switzerland:
Highest point: Monte Rosa, 4,634 meters
Population: 8.2 million
Languages: German, French, Italian, Romansh
GDP: USD 481 billion
Cost of a Big Mac: USD 6.44