Solid Stone Residential Blocks / Atelier Archiplein

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Solid Stone Residential Blocks / Atelier Archiplein

Solid Stone Residential Blocks / Atelier Archiplein - Exterior Photography, Windows, Facade
© Leo Fabrizio

Solid Stone Residential Blocks / Atelier Archiplein - Exterior Photography, Windows, FacadeSolid Stone Residential Blocks / Atelier Archiplein - Exterior PhotographySolid Stone Residential Blocks / Atelier Archiplein - Interior Photography, KitchenSolid Stone Residential Blocks / Atelier Archiplein - Interior Photography+ 15

  • Area Area of this architecture project Area :  12500
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year :  2021
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  • Lead Architects : Perraudin Archiplein Consortium

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Solid Stone Residential Blocks / Atelier Archiplein - Exterior Photography, Windows, Facade
© Leo Fabrizio

Text description provided by the architects. Standing at the edge of the agricultural belt surrounding Geneva, these two buildings take full advantage of a privileged location offering a broad view overlooking fields, vegetable gardens, and further, Salève mountain. Promoted by the municipality of Plan-les-Ouates, this project, chosen through a competition, consists of the construction of 68 units of rental and first-time buyer social housing.

Solid Stone Residential Blocks / Atelier Archiplein - Exterior Photography
© Leo Fabrizio

The aim of this project is to demonstrate the economic and constructive feasibility of building solid stone in the Swiss context. Based on the strength of the concept, the project is expressed in a simple and rational architectural language with a plan comprised of three successive rings. Entirely built with solid blocks of stone, these buildings have no concrete loadbearing elements. In both the common areas and the flats, the loadbearing rings are left in a raw state.

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Floor plan

The sone-setting of the walls composed of four 190×80 cm blocks imposes the format, suggests the intention behind the implementation, reveals traces of the saw, and especially, exposes the different ancient forces of which it is comprised. Building with natural materials is the opportunity for Archiplein to test the current model of building production against the yardstick of environmental and climate issues.

Solid Stone Residential Blocks / Atelier Archiplein - Interior Photography, Kitchen
© Leo Fabrizio
Solid Stone Residential Blocks / Atelier Archiplein - Interior Photography
© Leo Fabrizio

The understated façades present ornamental elements that reflect technical necessities, such as, for example, the cornice that repels rainwater well away from the façades and underscores by the shadow it casts the floors and the hollowing out treatment of the façade by means of an inward-facing corner. During showings, visitors are often observed running their fingers across one of the 10,000 blocks of stone or remarking with amazement the coolness of the façades despite high exterior temperatures.

Solid Stone Residential Blocks / Atelier Archiplein - Interior Photography
© Leo Fabrizio

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Address:Plan-les-Ouates, Switzerland

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Cite: “Solid Stone Residential Blocks / Atelier Archiplein” 27 Jul 2022. ArchDaily. Accessed .

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