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Architect
group8
Location
Chêne-Bourg, Switzerland
Project Year
2019
Category
Apartments

Housing

Senior Housing
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group8 as Architects

Urban morphology The layout design offers a softening of the tipby providing an additional facethat opens onto the station square,giving more fluidity to the spatial alignmentwith the new street.


Moreover, the break between the two buildings has been adjustedso as to be in resonance with the principal geometrical order of the railway infrastructure.


Collective spaces On the ground level, several passages connecting the entrances to the buildings provide porosity, linking the contrasting external spaces of North and South. Inside,vertical movements are designed as stairwells‘enclarté’(a reference to the well-known building by Le Corbusier), built in glass bricks and lit up by large skylights set in the roof.


Typology of the units The apartments are mainly with front and rear views,apart from the 3-room flats which just face south. This configuration reveals the quality of the site: a vast esplanade on the north side, opening perspectives onto a lush green landscape, and a pedestrian street to the south, defined by two urban alignments. The apartments thus benefit from the area’scontrasting characteristics.


Tectonics and measure Echoing the railway stop, the roofing and protrusions of which evoke large-scale glass pixels, the buildings take on the architectural styleof a regular grid, sheltering the domestic programme of the apartmentsin the mannerof urban shelves. In this way, the large scale of the infrastructure is extended into the modularity of the buildings’ structure.

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