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19. 150 Housing

Master's degree project

Location Geneva. Switzerland
Status Academic work
Year 2013

This housing project is following the study we did earlier on the Praille-Acacias-Vernets (18. Live in GVA 2030 ). It is fully taking part into the new strategy we have established for these industrial area. The project can be summurized through three mains topics which were a kind of guidelines : the logic of plan, architectural expression and hierarchy of structures.

The logic of plan. The outdoors spaces are divided in three parts with different height and materiality. They connect the street, which is higher, to the park. The three terraces become the main way to go from the street to the park. The ground floor plans are designed in two differents way according to their morphology. The bar's ground floor is filled by private common spaces whereas the tower’s ground floor has a scenic space, totally transparent. The floor plans are designed on a same idea: a corridor which surrounds the housings. The corridor is either a street space or a housing space.

Architectural expression. The writing of these buildings focus on the industrial archetype which is the warehouse. Almost only formal, it is used to protect resources from the outside. Its structure is composed of bearing and filling elements. When they are gathered, these layers give an ambiguous reading of the facade. The constructive reading is not obvious anymore. There is also a difference between the outside, very austere, and the inside which reveal the constructive elements. The same grid is used on the bar or on the tower. Its dimensions are three meters by three meters and it's obviously borrowed from the warehouse structures. This shows us that a same writing, logic of the plan and constructive system can unify two different morphology.

Hierarchy of structure & materialities. The project discern two structural grids, one in steel and the other in concrete. It shows the quality of these two materials by setting them on two different plans. In this way the facade is more expressive. So the building has two reading levels according to the distance where we watch it. When it has structural intentions, the material shows its structural side. Otherwise as the project wishes to use a same material in different way, when it is not structural, it shows it “esthetic” side. Finally, there is a third reading level given by all the furniture which are made in wood.
Aerial view
Aerial view
Map
Map
Location
Location
Ground floor
Ground floor
Typical floor
Typical floor plan
Longitudinal section
Longitudinal section
Housing plan
Housing plan
Material
Material
Cross section
Cross section
Detail
Facade detail
South elevation
South elevation
West elevation
West elevation
Atmosphere
Atmosphere
Common room
Common room
Esplanade
Esplanade
Corridor
Corridor
Housing
Housing
Model
Model
Model
Model