Maison des étudiants Edgar et Danièle de Picciotto


Habitation, Éducation

Date de réalisation


Ingénieur civil

Association Ott B. et Uldry C. sàrl avec Thomas Jundt Ingénieurs Civils SA

Maître de l'ouvrage

IHEID ( Institut de hautes études internationales et du développement (The Graduate Institute)

Autre(s) intervenant(s)

Vogt Landschaftsarchitekten

Surface brute

10'490 m2




mandat d'études parallèles


Lacroix Chessex

Interview de l'architecte Interview de l'architecte

Descriptif Descriptif

The building stands at the heart of the Sécheron district, a large brownfield site left empty following the closing of former electrotechnical workshops. Its conversion has been in progress since the early 2000s. In this context, the students’ residence building had to meet the double constraint of installing dwellings opposite the railway lines and on a parking lot for pre-determined transfers, whose form and structure had to be respected. The project takes the form of a curved, tight volume, long and narrow, whose very elegant proportions stand out on the site. The parking lot roof serves as a base raised in relation to the rails. The collective functions of the ground floor are located at this level, along with the entrances to the staircases, the large common room and the service rooms. Above, the one hundred and thirty-eight apartments are distributed along curved circulation areas. This choice of layout solves both the problem of train noise - by playing on a full back-plate that becomes narrower towards the top and a sound absorber under the slab – and gives a very horizontal expression to the façade. In a traditional layout, the day areas are on the circulation area side and the bedroom on the other side facing the Alps. The construction in reinforced concrete with its large perpendicular walls – superimposed on the parking lot frame – makes it possible to place overhand slabs on the four facades.

Plans Plans

Photos Photos

Principaux prix et distinctions Principaux prix et distinctions

Distinction romande d'architecture 2014

Prix SIA, Maison des étudiants 2016

Autres références Autres références

Maison des étudiants Edgar et Danièle de Picciotto

Rue des Cordiers 4
1207 Genève

Tél: +41 22 300 54 07

Accessibilité TPG Accessibilité TPG

Arrêt France: Ligne 15 Arrêt "Sécheron": Ligne RER

Credits Credits

Images ©Radek Brunecki Plans ©Lacroix Chessex