Habitation, Commerce et artisanat
Date de réalisation
Maître de l'ouvrage
CHARLES PICTET ARCHITECTE
In the heart of Calvin's city, between the historic Rue du Marché shopping street and the buttresses of the mediaeval town, stands an edifice that replaces a nineteen fifties building that had already combined two plots, originally traversed by a public passageway that was abandoned in the course of the conceptual development process. Allocated to a luxury residential hotel, the project includes at its centre two inner courtyards that irradiate the rooms around them with soft light tinted with reflections from a ceramic tiled wall. The entrance sequence leading to the reception desk, while minimalist, enjoys a sophistication that befits its function. The hotel suites have been designed with the greatest care, in a classic progression that opens from the entrance and its services on to a multi-functional space facing the window. The night room is located at the centre of the facility with a system of translucent doors to provide both solar gain and the necessary intimacy. The façades reflect a response to two different urban situations and fulfil this role. On one hand a cleverly constructed concrete screen - a reference to the old building - stands as an almost diaphanous feature in front of a large pane of glass. The full dimension of the glass is revealed beneath the canopy showing the way to the retail shops at the lakeside; on the other, a prefabricated structure, also in coloured concrete, defines a vertical fenestration of slight contours and profiles reflecting the brick built environment of Rue de la Rôtisserie.
Immeuble commercial au centre-ville
Charles Pictet architectes FAS SIA Chemin Frank-Thomas 12 A 1208 Genève
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