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Eco-districts and innovative housing

Geneva has been actively involved in the development and promotion of eco-friendly neighborhoods, known as eco-districts. These areas are designed with a holistic approach, incorporating principles of sustainable development across various aspects of urban living.


This tour will showcase sustainable and eco-friendly construction practices, highlight an organization involved in reusing construction materials, and present initiatives aimed at transforming buildings into more environmentally friendly structures.

 

> Meeting point: Pont de la Coulouvreniere

>Coulouvreniere Housing

Atelier archiplein. 2019

This is a residential building made of massive stone for the Nicolas Bogueret Foundation. For its construction, natural materials such as stone and wood were utilized. This choice reflects a commitment to sustainability and an environmentally friendly approach to building.

 

> Les Vergers eco-district (Meyrin)

Bellmann Architectes. 2023

The eco-district Les Vergers comprises 1,350 housing units distributed across 30 buildings. Built on approximately 16 hectares of land, it accommodates around 3,000 residents and 10,000 square meters of commercial space. This exemplary neighborhood is based on the three pillars of sustainable development: social solidarity, environmental responsibility, and economic efficiency.

> La Jonction eco-district

Dreier Frenzel and BTB. 2020

The creation of a community living framework revolves around several green roofs that host distinct activities. The planning of this Minergie P Eco-certified building is carried out through a participatory approach. The development of apartments of varying sizes (2 to 25 rooms) caters to the diversity of needs.

> Souberyn cooperative building

atba architecture + energie. 2017

The project consists of 38 HBM category housing units (from 3 to 6 rooms) and commercial spaces on the ground floor. The building also includes a communal room, a shared laundry facility, guest rooms, independently rentable rooms, as well as a rooftop terrace accessible to all residents.

> Materiuum association

https://materiuum.ch/lassociation/
Its mission is to preserve natural resources by promoting the reuse of materials and developing the reuse sector in Switzerland.

  • Duration: To be defined

  • Transport: Public transport and walking

  • Services: Experienced local architect as guide, coffee break reservation

  • Languages: French, English, German, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese

  • Group size:max. 25 pax

  • Price: To be defined

  • Not included: Consumption at café and transport costs

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