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RUDOLF STEINER SCHOOL OF GENEVA . Confignon

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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

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HOUSING . Renens

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LOCALARCHITECTURE . photos: © Matthieu Gafsou

This project, located moments from the centre of Renens, is part of a process of urban densification currently underway in western Lausanne. It meets the challenge of integrating within a disparate context of open blocks via a shift of scale which structures the cityscape, connecting neighbouring residual spaces to form an internal courtyard area, creating a green central space for this urban block. Continue reading LOCALARCHITECTURE

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POLYVALENT HALL. LE VAUD

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Localarchitecture . photos: © Matthieu Gafsou

Le Vaud’s new community hall is a multipurpose public infrastructure designed to serve and bring together the entire village community. Hosting sports activities, shows and community events, it supplements existing school facilities while opening up new possibilities for the village and its surrounding communities. The hall’s entrance is sited very appropriately on the road connecting the village church and the school entrance. Continue reading Localarchitecture