ANCIEN MANÈGE, Geneva, Switzerland

Situation plan - ANCIEN MANÈGE GENÈVE

Situation plan

 

Entrance hall - ANCIEN MANÈGE GENÈVE

Entrance Hall

 

Ground floor plan - ANCIEN MANÈGE GENÈVE

Ground floor plan

 

Reception - ANCIEN MANÈGE GENÈVE

Reception

 

Rotonde with open doors - ANCIEN MANÈGE GENÈVE

Rotonde with open doors

 

Creche with open doors - ANCIEN MANÈGE GENÈVE

Creche with open doors

 

Ludothèque - ANCIEN MANÈGE GENÈVE

Ludothèque

 

First floor plan - ANCIEN MANÈGE GENÈVE

First floor plan

 

Vestiaire - ANCIEN MANÈGE GENÈVE

Vestiaire

 

Salle with suspended structure down and closed curtain - ANCIEN MANÈGE GENÈVE

Salle with suspended structure down and closed curtain

 

Salle with suspended structure down - ANCIEN MANÈGE GENÈVE

Salle with suspended structure down

 

Salle with suspended structure up - ANCIEN MANÈGE GENÈVE

Salle with suspended structure up

 

Second floor plan - ANCIEN MANÈGE GENÈVE

Second floor plan

 

Maison Quartier - ANCIEN MANÈGE GENÈVE

Maison Quartier

 

Loft plan - ANCIEN MANÈGE GENÈVE

Loft plan

 

Roof plan - ANCIEN MANÈGE GENÈVE

Roof plan

 

The Ancien Manège of Saint-Léger was built between 1828 and 1829 as a horse riding hall in the historic centre of Geneva. Following the increasing popularity of the car and the rejection of equestrian activities in the city centre, in the 1930 is transformed into a garage and in 1950 into parking for vehicles. A new public programme for the building includes a creche, toy museum, school restaurant and maison quartier for the local neighbourhood.

The point of departure of the project is the comprehension of the current spatial and construction configuration of the building as a result of an on going transformation and to assess its potential to become an inhabitable civic building with minimum intervention.

The project proposes the reutilisation and adjustment of existing structural and construction elements combined with selected demolitions, punctual repairs and minimum additions with the intention of utilising the atmospheric, architectural and thermal qualities of the various parts that conform the building.

The project tries to make compatible the optimisation of the thermal envelope and the conservation of the heritage values of the building. In order minimise the intervention in the existing timber structures, the existing ventilated lofts are preserved and concealed behind new suspended ceilings including thermal insulation.

The character of the additions and the use of wood as a main material allows for possible future alterations to the way the building might be used, understanding the intervention as one further stage of the on going process of transformation the building has undergone.

Credits:

International Design Competition: 1st prize

Project title: Réhabilitation d’un Ancien Manège en bâtiment d’équipements publics
Location: Geneva, Switzerland
Client: Ville de Genève
Architect: ESTAR, Aurora Armental Ruiz & Stefano Ciurlo Walker, Santiago de Compostela
Collaborators competition: Jan Liebe, Andrés Fraga, Laurent de Wurstemberger, Carlos Comendador
Collaborators project: Ingrid Gjermstad, Thomas Lorin, Maya Brams Koch, Xulio Turnes Vieito
Local office: ATELIERTRACES, Philippe Ramseier & Valérie Gleiber Ramseier, Geneva
Civil engineer: ESM
Building physics: ESTIA
Building Survey: ARCHEOTEC
Surveyor: Buffet Boymond
Heating and ventilation engineer: Ecobuilding
Sanitary engineer: BTS
Electrical engineer: DSSA
Lighting strategy: Quicler-Lopez
Acoustic engineer: AAB
Security engineer: Phenix Conceils
Scenic engineer: VADAS
Model photography: Andrés Fraga
Competition: 2014
Design and construction: 2015-2019