The Swiss architectural practice Group8 has just finalised this housing estate located in the former industrial neighbourhood in the Chandieu area of Geneva. Comprising 46 apartments and two undergroud garage levels, Bamboo Residence’s distinctive tinted-glass façade was inspired by ‘a theme of vegetation’ and emphasizes building’s ‘exceptional situation next to the Moillebeau-Vermont greenway’. The residence follows the recently-completed Coral House and is Group8’s second development within the area.
More details about the project:
‘The Bamboo House consists of 6 floors, including a double attic (duplex apartments), as well as 2 garage levels underground. The building offers 46 apartments in co-ownership, ranging from 4 to 6 rooms, each of them offering both north-east to south-west side exposure.
‘The full use of the land plot by the building creates a slightly curved shape. Rooted in the earth by its basement, the building sits on the ground like an object on a pedestal. At the top, the attic’s concave/convex facade forms a faceted volume composed of aluminum plates that tend to make it disappear by blending with the sky.’
‘The building provides large interior surfaces and wide terraces extending the apartments to the South-West. Each of them benefits from the double orientation between the street and the park. The ground floor apartments benefit from private gardens.
‘The concrete structural system was not only designed to ensure stability of the building, but also to ensure a greater sound insulation between apartments and between the apartments and the common areas. Therefore, all bearing walls and slabs generally have a greater thickness than needed for regular stability requirements of the buildings.’
‘At the back of the building, each ground floor apartment benefits from a private garden surrounded by concrete walls and plant pots filled with bamboos. Cars and bicycle outdoor parking spaces are available; they are surrounded by bamboos’ pots as well.’