Location: Geneva, Switzerland
Climate: Oceanic / maritime, Temperate
Materials: Concrete, Metal
Scale: 9.500 ㎡ Medium
Types: Cultural, Cultural center, Housing, Refurbishment, Residential
“The city and the viper.”
Nowadays, most real-estate developments appear to be a mere translation of a monetary request. The “profit first” mentality starts to generate an archipelago of enclosed, exclusive and private buildings. This situation does not only render social and cultural needs useless but also corners users and developers into an urban trap.
It is Aesop’s viper disguised with a dollar sign!
The “framework of space and time” is a rigid structure that can generate high-quality public space, as well as significant profitability for its investors.
Hence, the project is an answer to contemporary cultural and economic demands.
Stunning open spaces contrast with dense and compact floorplans. Hence, the private and the public continuously overlap and interact within an orthodox grid.
I, you, he, she, It…
The multiple uses contained in the structure promote wide programmatic diversity.
On the ground floor, small business owners can rent modules dedicated to retail, medical-related stores and restaurant units.
On the first floor, a medical centre is divided into two main programmatic issues, namely seasonal research offices and doctors’ offices.
The second floor is dedicated to short and medium-term residents whereas the third floor brings a village typology, with a different ratio between public and private, for short term visitors (hotel).
The fourth floor houses agricultural production under the management of the staff of the building’s restaurants.
The great programmatic versatility of the grid allows the building to adapt to current and future paradigm shifts, which makes the structure timeless.
The prefabricated components do not only provide a fast and clean construction process but, also dismantlable, they can be used in the construction of other buildings in a far future, which adds an essential layer to the compound’s resiliency.