La Gradelle

Large area of residential buildings construction

Client
E. Gelbert, Berthoud-Van Berchem et Syndicat Van Berchem
Architect
Jean Hentsch, Jacques Zbinden
Location
Geneva
Year
1963 - 1967

This residential complex covers an area of 8,800 m2. It includes 36 buildings of 7 or 8 floors and a tower of 17 floors, about 900 flats in total. A community square, a shopping street as well as a school, a leisure and games centre and a kindergarten complete the project.

The facades, as well as the load-bearing walls, the floor slabs and the roofs of the buildings are prepared in a precast factory and assembled on site. However, horizontal and vertical alternations of the same module aim to break the monotony of these facades.