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Housing

New residential development Sous-Bois, Geneva

The real estate foundation Jean Dutoit and the housing cooperative "Les Ailes" provide 63 subsidized apartments in the Sous-Bois neighborhood, to suit a variety of different lifestyles. The new neighborhood plan lays the legal foundation for densification of this rapidly developing part of Geneva. The small scale of the pre-existing villa zone is transformed into a dense urban residential neighborhood. 

In order to manage the complexity of the program's various requirements, the project is realized with a simple, open, spatially static structure, so as to enable typological diversity. 

Due to the Genevan politicians' target of a drastic reduction of construction costs in social housing, there is a high degree of rationality: compact construction volumes, optimization of span widths, centralization of shafts and standardization of facade elements. These consistently applied cost-optimization measures make it possible to realize balconies, despite considerable financial pressure. 

Client
Fondation HBM Jean Dutoit, Geneva
Société Coopérative d’habitation Les Ailes, Geneva

Period of time
2009 – 2015

Investment
17,0 Mio. CHF

Task
Architectue