KKAA wins the international competition “Résidence étudiante du Grand Morillon”

KKAA wins the international competition “Résidence étudiante du Grand Morillon”

Résidence étudiante du Grand Morillon © Kengo Kuma & Associates
Résidence étudiante du Grand Morillon © Bloom Images
Résidence étudiante du Grand Morillon © Bloom Images
Résidence étudiante du Grand Morillon © Bloom Images
Résidence étudiante du Grand Morillon © Kengo Kuma & Associates
Résidence étudiante du Grand Morillon © Kengo Kuma & Associates
Résidence étudiante du Grand Morillon © Kengo Kuma & Associates

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

This competition requested a proposal for a 750 beds student housing building. Besides the various types of apartments, there was the need of public and common spaces – common kitchens, laundry rooms, sport 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, 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.

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.

Partner in charge: Javier Villar Ruiz
Project team : Aris Kafantaris, Mate Meszaros, Jeanne Krings

Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies