The project takes place in Meinier, a rural village in the surrounding of Geneva. The village is structured along the main road, and consist of a necklace of small and medium-size building. Meinier is facing a rapid increase of the population, and proposed to build a mix generational housing complex of 4000 sqm in order to answer it.

The plot, along the main street, is sloped toward the field and the mountain. The team of architects, composed by Localarchitecture and Totem Architecture is proposing to organize the project around 3 main voids. The first one is a square linking the inhabitant and the ground floor activities, the second one, is a semi-public park shaded by local trees. The third void, semi-private, is offering kitchen gardens and calm to the inhabitant of the neighborhood.

The articulation of voids allowed us to develop various typologies and orientations that answer the mix of generations, from elderly persons to young families or students. As well they act as a gathering space for the village. The facade is structured by generous balconies for every flat and protected by the larges roofs. The expression and color are inspired by the village, but the construction, in wood is a direct answer to environmental goals.

The project of Meinier tries to find a subtle balance between integration and contemporary needs. By its articulation of voids and built mass, Coquelicots reacts to the slope condition, with a maximization of the views and limiting its environmental impact.


architects: LOCALARCHITECTURE, Totem Architecture  |  team: Antoine Robert Grandpierre, Giulia Altarelli, Augustin Clément, Nathan Trinchard, Elsa Beniada  |  client: Fondation immobilière de Meinier  |  status: Competition (2021)  |  clasification: selected  |  location: Meinier, Switzerland (46.245400, 6.231675)  |  climate: Humid subtropical, Temperate  |  materials: wood, metal  |  environment: Urban  |  consultant: Schnetzer Puskas  |  visualizer: Beta Collective  |  budget: 17.000.000 €  |  scale: 4.000 m2 medium  |  ratio: 4.250,00 €/m2  |  types: housing, residential  |  views: 991