Landscape Architecture: Agence ter
Project: Redevelopment of the headquarters of a medical foundation
Location: Geneva, Switzerland
Project Manager: Agence ter + Domino
Area: 1260 m2
Honors: Prix de la première oeuvre (Young Architects Prize) Awarded by ‘Le Moniteur Architecture’
Text and Photos: Agence ter
The aim was to propose a simple response to a programme that included the construction of an auditorium beneath an existing structure, a seven story housing complex, and the renovation of a old villa and its gardens. From the street, a long footbridge leads to the heart of the project which is a patio designed like a japanese anteroom. It is a place of calmness and serenity that is experienced directly from within or indirectly from the rooftop terrace. Two offset walls, built of concrete, create interstitial spaces within which two stairs are inserted to give access to the flat roof. Flowering cherries are planted casually on a dark stone and moss bed. Additionally, a water storage system within the thick walls introduces a special quality of sound for a space that is essentially landscaping.