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07. Gaudi competition

Location Geneva. Switzerland
Status Competition
Year 2011

With Leslie Bouille

This project takes place in a site located in the heart of Geneva’s concerns, civic and political. Since 2011, Plainpalais plain is in a three phase complete restructuration. The first phase (half south of the place) was delivered mid 2011 and has attracted much criticism, mostly negative. However, it seems necessary to build on this first restructuration our Market Hall project. Plainpalais plain is organized under a strong axis: Plainpalais - Bains district (area reputed to be artistic). A simple reason for this is the presence of the tram station on the main Plainpalais square generating a continuous flow of pedestrian. This structure is very old (see photo of the Swiss National Exhibition in 1892) because at one times was a building set up in the bottom of the square in a way to take advantage of the strong axis which composed the place. In this way the building had a monumental aspect. A second thing is essential to know: the presence of the pedestrian home mail market several times a week. In the restructuring proposed, the mail is highly densified and is one of the highlights of it.

The project is therefore developing at the intersection of these two significant areas. It is also based on the template built to which he turns his back. Like the old building, it takes place in front of the entrance of the plain. The idea is to put the building on a «carpet» -the soil treatment is obsviously unavoidable- representative of the axis: Plainpalais - Bains district. In this way, the building has a main facade where there is the entrance. A second entrance is needed to respond to the flow generated by the pedestrian mail entering the heart of the project. The building volume is fully tensioned by these two axes creating an «empty built».

The project is based on two main topics : the market space and the art. But the real issue was to propose a building that would be 24/24H and 7/7d. The building should never “sleep» and a same area may cover several different functions.Particular interest was given to materiality. Copper, 100% recyclable and concrete is stained to remind us that before him, molasse (local limestone) was the heyday of Switzerland.



Plainpalais plaza in 1892
Plainpalais plaza in 1892
Conceptual section
Conceptual section
Situation plan
Situation plan
Activities
Activities
Energetic principle
Energetic principle
Ground floor
Ground floor
Main structure
Main structure
Section AA
Section AA
Section DD
Section DD
Main elevation
Main elevation
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Section EE 01
Section EE 02
Section EE 02
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