Bonnard Woeffray, winner of the architectural competition for the Cité internationale du Grand Morillon


The winner has been announced of the architectural competition organised in March 2017 by the Terra et Casa Foundation for the design of an 88-apartment building, intended primarily to house employees of Geneva’s international organisations. The firm Bonnard Woeffray Architectes impressed the jury with a project that responded effectively to the client’s requirements.

On 21 March 2017, an architectural competition for the Terra et Casa part of the Cité Internationale du Grand Morillon development was launched, with candidates participating by invitation. The plan was for 8,000 m2 of gross floor area to be devoted to housing (one third with low rents) and 1,000 m2 to shops and business premises.

Of the 10 architectural firms that took part, it was Bonnard Woeffray Architectes, based in Monthey (Valais), that most impressed the jury, because its project effectively addressed the architectural, functional and economic challenges presented by the development. The architects also scored highly for the environmental quality of the project and their sound understanding of the setting.

In addition to the housing for international employees, the new Cité internationale du Grand Morillon complex, at the top of the Route de Ferney, will include a student residence, as well as the Swiss headquarters and international secretariat of Médecins Sans Frontières.

The other winning projects for this development were designed by Kengo Kuma and Associates (Tokyo), with support from the CCHE firm, for the student accommodation for the Institute of International and Development Studies (IHEID); and by Steven Holl Architects (New York), in partnership with Justin Rüssli Architekten (Lucerne), for the Médecins Sans Frontières complex.

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