13. Les Communailles by CLR Architectes

The project is representative both in its typological variety and in its architecture. Despite the sheer scale of the project, the richness of the distribution spaces allows to favour the conviviality. These distribution spaces include dilatation spaces, appropriate to game and to encountering.

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Project name: Les Communailles. CLR Architectes

Location: Onex, CH

Tipology: Collective housing

Area: 9,500 m2

Construction data: 2011 – 2014

Photos by: michel Bonvin

The social and architectural interweaving of the collective housing reflects itself into the façade, in a rigorous system with complex appearance. The complexity breaks the monotony of the collective housing that characterise the suburb, so as to offer a different way to cohabit.


11. Les Courtillets by 2DLC & Oleg Calame Architectes Associés

The project is the result of an invited competition. The program includes twenty four apartments, retail space, public parking and covered places required for residents.

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The building completes a residential block. It is located along a gently sloping road.

Project name: Les Courtillets. 2DLC & Oleg Calame Architectes Associés

Location: Chemin des Courtillets, Lancy, Genève

Tipology: mmeuble de 24 logements, bureau, commerce, parking privé et public, place.

Area: 3,586m2

Construction data: 2007-2009

Photos by: Fausto Pluchinotta

Access to the building is managed by the choice of the reference level of pedestrian access to the lowest points of the side road. The flow is thus divided between the sidewalk following the natural slope of the land and a semi private outdoor plaza located low against the pavement which joined upstream by a ramp. This device is used to distribute three climbs through a single entry which gives the generosity of the common elements without damaging the potential of building housing unit.


10. Students house by Lacroix Chessex

The building opens itself to the panorama of Geneva, like an open hand, and generates a semi-private garden right at its foot. The garden is situated along a public promenade.

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Project name: Students House. Lacroix Chessex

Location: Avenue de France 20-22, Genève

Tipology: Student House

Area: 10,485m2

Construction data: 05/2011 – 12/2012

Photos by: Radek Brunecky

The shape of the building is a broken bar having one long side aligned with the tracks of the railway. The facade consists of private balconies on the east and the large outdoor gangways (“coursives”) to the west. It expresses a superposition of big horizontal slabs which equally function as filters against the sun and noise. The height of the parapets varies depending on the angle of incidence coming from the noise of the passing trains. This principle enriches the building with a facade that progressively lightens itself to the sky.


09. Affordable Apartments by Meier and Associés Architectes

This project integrates a large apartment building into the wider context of a cantonal urbanisation plan. However, the building seeks its own rules of composition – derived from the location – to create its own autonomy and identity.

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Project name: Affordable Apartments. Meier and Associés Architectes

Location: 17-29 route de Meyrin 1203 Genève

Tipology: Collective housing

Area: 11,000 m2

Construction data: 2009-2011

Photos by: Jean-Michel Landecy

The interior of each apartment consists of an entrance hall leading into a living area extending through the full depth of the building, from garden to street. Depending on the size of the apartment, the bedrooms are either north- or south-facing. The living rooms of all apartments open onto the broad balcony-terrace.

08. Coupe Gordon-Bennet by LRS Architectes

Today we would like you to get into de LRS Architectes project, the Coupe Gordon-Bennet, which explores the notion of town planning in a peripheral zone through a morphology of courtyard buildings which blurs the boundaries between the architectural object and the urban fabric.

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Project name: Coupe Gordon-Bennet. LRS Architectes

Location: Geneva

Tipology: Collective housing

Area: 11,047 m2

Construction data: 2012

Photos by: Regis Golay (Federal Studio) & Thomas Jantscher

The realisation of the entire project is the outcome of an   innovative cooperation between 3 prize-winning architectural practices and this collective approach seeks to achieve a  strong  and  coherent identity for this new district, while at the same time creating a wide range of public spaces, ambiences and typologies.

07. Cite Universitaire Extension by Frei Rezakhanlou Architectes

Today we would like you to have a look at the Cite Universitaire Etension, this space is directly connected to all the existing buildings making it a place of gathering, encouraging social exchange in the campus.

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Project name: Cite Universitaire Extension. Frei Rezakhanlou Architectes

Location: Tavan 9, Geneva

Tipology: Collective housing

Area: 11,973 m2

Construction data: 2011-2013

Photos by: Pierre Boss

The  student  room  is  the  structural  unit  of  the  building. This cell also determines the visual identity of the facades. Through  the  glazed  interior  facades  the  kitchen/living room  and the corridors participate  strongly in the communal life. The former is recognised by bow windows and both are furnished with colourful curtains.

06. Social Housing by Atelier Bonnet Architectes

At the transition from suburban construction with single family homes to an agriculturally used region, three compact, large scale buildings set themselves apart from the open horizontal lines of the area. We can see that fact reflected at the Social housing by Atelier Bonnet Architectes.

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Project name: Social Housing. Atelier Bonnet Architectes

Location: Plateau de Vessy. Genève

Tipology: Collective housing: 108 apartments.

Area: 12,100  m2

Construction data: 2011-2013

Photos by: Yves André Photographe

The typological configuration of the building results from the combination of two well-known models – the housing block with a central courtyard, and parallel building units that are accessed via outdoor walkways. These are united in a hybrid type.

On the individual floors, the barrier-free traffic surfaces allow unhindered access, creating an interim space that opens towards the surrounding landscape and mediates between one’s own apartment and the quarter, as well as creating a meeting place for neighbours in the ten apartments on each floor.

05. Housing Foyer de Sécheron by MPH Architectes

The development is based on a traditional five building block built around a welcoming green space protected from noise, where several large trees were preserved and protected. The 91 subsidised HBM units feature two to six rooms distributed between two buildings with an underground parking.

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Project name: Housing Foyer de Sécheron. MPH Architectes

Location: Avenue de France, Genève

Tipology: Collective Subsidized Housing

Area: 14,371 m2

Construction data: 2011

Photos by: Thomas Jantscher

Both buildings use renewable energy thanks to heat pump technology that is linked to the ‘Genève–Lac-nations’ (GLN) network. A centralised boiler distributes the caloric energy. Each building has a reinforced concrete structure with a façade made up of prefabricated reinforced concrete elements that were tinted. The windows are wood and metal framed conform to standard.

04. Corail House by Group 8

The Coral house is located in an area, formed by a large urban block surrounded by Giuseppe-Motta, Grand- Pré and Chandieu streets. The site is accessible by the main road Grand-Pré, this avenue lined with trees, cuts straight though the building block.

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Project name: Corail House. Group 8

Location: Geneva

Tipology: Collective housing

Area: 38100 m2

Construction data: 2007-2011

Photos by: Régis Golay, Federal Studio

The façade on the road front is entirely glazed, exposing the living rooms to the outside giving the impression that the building has been cut. The  clients  specifically  asked  for  a  building  without balconies, the most suited solution was to have sizable sliding windows, giving the impression of being outdoors by opening large sections of the façade.

03. Subsidised Residential Building by Aeby Perneger & Associés SA

Today, we’ll talk about Aeby Perneger & Associés SA project, four buildings constructed in pairs with council housing subsidies along the Villa Gardiol directly by the entrance to the new Quartier du Pommier, in Grand-Saconnex (Geneva).


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Project name: Subsidised Residential Building. Aeby Perneger & Associés SA

Location: Grand-Saconnex Ge, Switzerland

Tipology: Collective housing

Area: 14,718 m2 (incl. basement floor)

Construction data: 2001-2005

Photos by: Thomas Jantscher

The two building pairs are positioned according to an urban master plan that was produced in advance. They are each oriented towards central open spaces that were created above an underground car park.