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BOATYARD . Cully

LOCALARCHITECTURE . BOATYARD . Cully afasia Michel Bonvin (1)

LOCALARCHITECTURE . photos: © Michel Bonvin

The little town of Cully is known for its jazz festival and its magnificent landscape of vineyard terraces overlooking Lake Geneva – yet it is, at the same time, a port and fishing area, as evidenced by the new boatyard which opened in the spring of 2020. Supported by the municipality, which wanted to preserve this traditional activity connected with the lake, the project was developed in discussion with the Lavaux district’s advisory committee, charged with upholding the quality of the built environment in this UNESCO World Heritage Site. Continue reading LOCALARCHITECTURE

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La Corbière . Estavayer-le-Lac

LOCALARCHITECTURE . La Corbière . Estavayer-le-Lac afasia Matthieu Gafsou (1)

LOCALARCHITECTURE . photos: © Matthieu Gafsou

This new healthcare centre is located in a distinctive landscape. Along with Château de la Corbière and its church it forms a new ensemble integrated within an agricultural estate overlooking Lake Neuchâtel. With its low-level volumes it respects the existing buildings and topography, opening out generously towards the lake and the Jura Mountains. The new building connects with the existing medical centre, combining with it to form a single articulated whole that engages in a dialogue with its environment. The architecture and the surrounding landscape intermesh in the folds of the building’s form, seeking balance. An interplay of privacy and openness to the landscape lies at the heart of this complex and organic architecture. Continue reading LOCALARCHITECTURE

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FLON HOTEL . LAUSANNE

LOCALARCHITECTURE . FLON HOTEL . LAUSANNE afasia (1)

LOCALARCHITECTURE . photos: © Matthieu Gafsou

Located at the western edge of Lausanne’s central Le Flon district, this hotel building presents a monolithic mi- neral block that blends with the site’s industrial heritage. Utilising the template provided by the district’s street plan to optimum effect, the design echoes the dense urban grid patterns characteristic of Le Flon’s traditional warehouses and completes the square from which it is accessed. The four façades are uniform in appearance, their repeat motifs created by prefabricated concrete units. The design reflects the individual room modules, creating a continuous pattern of facets and folds across the building’s four sides. At ground level, geometric pillars tapering towards the base balance this massive carapace on more delicate points. Continue reading LOCALARCHITECTURE

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RUDOLF STEINER SCHOOL OF GENEVA . Confignon

LOCALARCHITECTURE . RUDOLF STEINER SCHOOL OF GENEVA . Confignon  afasia (2)

LOCALARCHITECTURE . photos: © Matthieu Gafsou

RISING SPIRIT
The starting point for considering how to expand the school was the school itself: an analytical examination of the site, its access routes and buildings, their qualities (and defects) – but also a taking account of the spirit of the place, its inspirations and aspirations. The school buildings, designed and realised by the architect Jean-Jacques Tschumi in the late 1980s, are characterised by their organic forms, enclosing a courtyard towards which the circulation spaces flow. The inward-looking (uncovered) courtyard offers a prelude to the outward-looking teaching spaces, oriented towards the landscape and following the sun’s path through the sky. The building is a celebration of Rudolph Steiner’s assertions in a lecture on the aesthetics of form (Dornach, 5 July 1914): “the laws of aesthetics, the laws of form, have their foundation in the Cosmos on the one hand, and in human nature on the other”. Continue reading LOCALARCHITECTURE