Client: Geneve University and the real estate foundation of Carouge city
Team: Atelier mfmaarch
Mission: Concept Design for the student acommodation, Social housings
Sport centre, Community centre
Total Floor Area: 54’494m2
Global cost:CHF.40'000'000.-- Excluding Taxes
Location: Carouge, Switzerland
Our project intends to contribute to the revalorisation of the existing and new districts and reinforce their relation throughthe clusters of the sustainable development (economically
efficient, socially equitable and economically sustainable) and
Eco friendly architecture in consideration of the life cycle
Built spaces are composed of rectangular blocs and located in
the site in consideration of the orientation in order to optimize the passive principle(solar ray penetration and window flows) and adapt to routes and the plan in the development strategyof Carouge Sud.
This typology is characterized by different colours and
materials which expect to give one presence to the block and
the sense of the direction to users.
Unbuilt spaces fill the intervals of built ones with
qualificative landscape such as the vegetation, places, squares, parks, courts located appropriately within the site,
all of which produces the site permeability to soft modes of
the transport in which pedestrians and bicycles are principal.
The accessibility for the stations concerned within consist of the routes determined by users such as delivery persons, trash/bin collectors, firemen and rescue men etc.
The principal circulation with or without car is planified
through the routes well connected to neighbours and reinforce
All of important functions such as the biodiversity and the
evacuation in the site are taken into account.
For example, the existing trees and plants are to move to
different areas in case the built spaces or non built intervenein their sites.
The site focused in the circulation and space nodes is devoted to high rising social housings à contrôlée PPE with the
commerce on the floor as the main gateway for neighbours whilstthose of LUP are oriented to the school and provided with
the recreation courts and courts.
Furthermore,the student accommodations of 4 stages only are
inserted friendly with the neighbouring villages.
The nearby commerces, sportive equipments, common exterior
facilities are located at the gateway of each group of housingsalong the circulation with good access to neighbours and
The quality of the functions of built blocs is manifested by
the environmental orientation and the fluidity of the interior and exterior circulations.
The rooms are oriented due South and within 30 degree due Southfor better access and window and air passage.
The space nodes with the vertical circulation allows to locate the shaft for the air flows and the mechanical installations onthe face of communitary space for easy maintenance and
Each room in the interior is composed of spatial layers for
mechanical installation of the indispensable service.
All of the built spaces are of Eco-responsible and healthy
materials and the rationality of their construction and their
manufacturing is coherent with the possible realisation.
The conception based on the climate and passive principle will satisfy the environmental quality and the standard of the high building performance of the energy with the appropriate
constructive concept and economy.