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project : : Grand Morillon Student Residences : : Geneva, Switzerland : : 2019~2021 : : 30.767m² (constr) : : 10,500m² (site) : : 
program : : Apartments (x700), Library, Auditorium, Cafe, Gym, Multipurpose Hall, Roof Terrace, Recreation room, Offices, Common Kitchens (x12) : : 
credits : : Javier Villar Ruiz Partner in Charge at KKAA (LEAD) : : Pierre Guth (PM) : : CCHE Lausanne (AOR) : : 2M Ing. Civile (STR) : : Weinmann (MEP) : : LightIQ (LIG) : : Emf (LAND) : : Complex Bau (CONS) : : 
synopsis : : We wanted to avoid the usual vertical program segregation (of public facilities on the ground floor and apartments on the above floors) that heavily depends on elevator circulations. Instead, we proposed an ascendant promenade “carved” into the building’s volume, which would allow pedestrian access to all floors, from the ground floor all the way up to the rooftops. All the necessary public facilities would be allocated along this promenade. In this way, the architecture encourages a more walking-conscious lifestyle and provokes encounters between its inhabitants. The hope is to offer a community-like experience to all these hundreds of students who will be coming from very different origins and that will be cohabitating here for the years to come : : photos by  E. Attali (1-8), A. Barakat (9-15), I.Baan (16-27), V. Hecht (28-30), J. Villar (31) : : 

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