It is about giving a territory an identity.
A shared territory. Dynamic.
It is about a desire for clarity, for sharpness - hence for the relationship between light and material - for the simplicity of a structure characterizes the act of passing through urban and natural landscapes.
The line will be composed of both natural and architectural materials. Plant species, aligned cedars, and tall, free-growing plants will designate the points of emergence from underground of the new line in Geneva.
Immense glass blocks will constitute the walls, roofs, and terraces of the stations.
The geometry is elementary, absolutely simple.
What is important is what we will read, what we will see through the texture of the glass, which will pixelize diffract, and recompose the moving images of passengers and trains, of advertising posters, signs and lighting fixtures that populate train stations.
The light that will be very different by day and by night. It will be a poetic questioning on the theme of departure, arrival and the flow of strangers.
The trains pass, arrive, and depart, rhythmically. This simple fact will be made public to people of the city by a red light that accompanies the train, arrives with it, stops with it, and disappears with it in a rhythm that will quickly be familiar to all and become associated with the respiration of Geneva.
STATUS Under construction. 2004-2020
LOCATION Geneva, Switzerland
CLIENT Swiss Republic and Geneva Canton - Chemins de fer fédéraux (CFF)
ARCHITECTURAL TEAM Jean NOUVEL - Ateliers Jean Nouvel (Paris, FR)
ASSOCIATED ARCHITECTS Eric MARIA - EMA Eric Maria Architectes Associés SA (Genève, CH)
LANDSCAPE Michel DESVIGNE - Michel Desvignes paysagisite (MDP)
Competition: Toshihiro KUBOTA
Studies and construciton: Nikola RADOVANOVIC
ARCHITECTS Sébastien ABRIBAT, Elodie ARBONNES, Emanuel BOCARDO, Agnieska BRODA, Paula CERVES, Isabel DIAZ, Arnaud DUPONT, Emilie GROS, Yianzhe HUANG, Chloé LAURIOT dit PREVOST, Fanny LI, Anne-Marie MOKRANI, Pedro MONTERO, Vanessa MORI, Xavier OREILLER, Matthieu PUYAUBREAU, Vincent SAINLE, Andreas URFF
GRAPHIC DESIGN Eugénie ROBERT
3D RENDERINGS Artefactory (Eric ANTON)
Scenography: dUCKS scéno (Michel Cova)
Structure: IngPhi SA
Façades: BCS SA
MEP: Sherler SA
Works: Quartal SA
CONTRACT TYPE Concours, projet lauréat; SIA 85%
PROGRAM Construction of 5 stations on the nex route between Annemasse (France) and Genève Cornavin (Suisse); Lancy-Pont-Rouge; Carouge-Bachet; Champel-Hôpital; Genève Eaux-Vives-Chêne-Bourg
USABLE FLOOR AREA 25 000 m²