Student Housing / Frei Rezakhanlou Architects

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Student Housing / Frei Rezakhanlou Architects
© Pierre Boss
Student Housing / Frei Rezakhanlou Architects
© Pierre Boss

In accordance with the master plan, the new building defines a central courtyard for the campus. Underground, leisure and sport facilities (multi-purpose hall, music room, playroom, projection room, sauna and squash courts) are built around three sunken patios. This space is directly connected to all the existing buildings making it a place of gathering, encouraging social exchange in the campus.

The typology of the new building is quite specific to student housing encouraging community spirit without sacrificing privacy.

Student Housing / Frei Rezakhanlou Architects
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The 75 studios and apartments housing 300 students are organised around a central atrium containing the vertical distribution and covered by a mobile glass roof. This space aims to be the catalyst of a richer social life by providing more transparency, more visual contact and places to meet others. Moreover it’s role as a regulator of the interior climate is beneficial and will reduce energy consumption.

Student Housing / Frei Rezakhanlou Architects
© Pierre Boss

The student room is the structural unit of the building. This cell also determines the visual identity of the facades.

Through the glazed interior facades the kitchen/living room and the corridors participate strongly in the communal life. The former is recognised by bow windows and both are furnished with colourful curtains. Each apartment has a balcony on the other side.

Student Housing / Frei Rezakhanlou Architects
© Pierre Boss

There is also a kindergarten for 60 kids on the ground floor with a separate entrance from the courtyard.

A modular structure together with prefabricated concrete elements (base floor slabs, facades, bathrooms) allows an affordable rational construction.

Project Details:

Location: Champel, Geneva, Switzerland
Type: HousingResidential
Data: 12’000 m2 gross floor surface, 45’000 m3 total volume
Architects: Frei Rezakhanlou Architects – Eric Frei, Kaveh Rezakhanlou
Collaborators: Audrey Lecomte, Hadrien Epiphani, Géraldine Durieux, Joao Fernandes
Photos: Pierre Boss

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