Student’s Project – 2014
3rd year individual Project
Prof. Andrea Bassi, LAURE, EPFL
In order to initiate the growth of a potential pole of Lake Geneva metropolis, the following work aims the enhancement of Ripaille, a suburban area of Thonon-les-Bains (France), which has conserved a nature atmosphere. The project opens the lake’s boardwalk to the public and introduces collective housing and utilities in an existing marina resort. It also provides a boat landing stage and offices surfaces.
The housing program is divided into six compact buildings in order to dialog with the existing holiday homes. Moreover, the buildings on the lakeside strip preserve the vegetal character of the coastline by standing behind the trees, while all interventions open up to the inner channels of the marina. The secondary residents of the existing houses will get the chance to enjoy new utilities allowed by a higher density of permanent residents.
The offices and boat landing stage arrival building is larger, higher and developed around a courtyard. It offers a more welcoming and less contemplative atmosphere than the housing buildings.
(left) typical floor and ground floor plans – (right) outdoor spaces
The plan of the housing insists on the opening to the outside in order to make the most of the extraordinary environment where the project takes place. Therefore, all apartments possess a loggia around which are articulated the dining and living rooms. In a concern for diversity, the ground floor offers collective apartments and studios, when the other floors contain 4.5 to 5.5 rooms apartments.