Grand Morillon Student Residence
© Adrien Barakat

Grand Morillon Student Residence

Kengo Kuma & Associates

CATEGORY
Apartments, Educational Architecture, Dorms

LOCATION
Genève, Switzerland

AREA
30767 m²

LIGHTING DESIGN
Light Iq, Gerardo Olvera (Partner), Joe Riley

CONTRACTOR
Complex Bau

PHOTOGRAPHS
Erieta Attali, Adrien Barakat, Javier Villar

MANUFACTURERS
Regent, Sottas, Joux Sa, Mazzoli Sa, Roethlisberger

PROJECT MANAGEMENT
Iheid The Graduate Institute, Pierre Guth

STRUCTURE
2m Ingénierie Civile Sa, David Martin (Partner)

LANDSCAPE
Emf

CLIENT
Iheid The Graduate Institute

MEP
Weinmann Energies

DESIGN LEAD
Kengo Kuma & Associates, Javier Villar (Partner In Charge), Aris Kafantaris (Project Manager), Nicola Maniero, Mate Meszaros, David Minton, Jennifer Chifan

YEAR
2021

LOCAL ARCHITECTS
Cche, Eric Mathez (Partner), David Minguet (Project Manager), Csilla Bajnok, Soufiane Moukarrab

LANDSCAPE DESIGN
Marti Franch Batllori (Partner)

FACADE CONSULTANT
Sottas Sa

ELECTRICITY
Scherler Sa, Srg Engineering

In 2017, KKAA won the international competition “Résidence étudiante du Grand Morillon” organized by the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva, Switzerland.

Grand Morillon Student Residence
© Erieta Attali

This brief requested a proposal for a 700 beds student housing building. Besides the various types of apartments, there was the need for public and common spaces - common kitchens, laundry rooms, sports facilities, library, study areas, cafeteria, etc.-

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.

Grand Morillon Student Residence
© Erieta Attali
Grand Morillon Student Residence
© Erieta Attali

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.

Grand Morillon Student Residence
© Erieta Attali
Grand Morillon Student Residence
© Erieta Attali

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.

Grand Morillon Student Residence
© Erieta Attali


Grand Morillon Student Residence
© Erieta Attali
Grand Morillon Student Residence
© Erieta Attali
Grand Morillon Student Residence
© Erieta Attali
Grand Morillon Student Residence
© Adrien Barakat


Grand Morillon Student Residence
Plan - Site
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Plan - Ground Floor
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Plan - 3rd Floor
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Kengo Kuma & Associates
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Kengo Kuma & Associates
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