• PROGRAM: Upsize and transformation of a classified building + childcare + pottery + green house + small theater + youth space + locals + foyer . SIZE: 1.950 M2 . LOCATION: Grand-Saconnex, CH . CLIENT: Ville du Grand-Saconnex . STATUS: Competition . TIME: 2014
  • In a highly urban area, the project aims to intensify the existent rural characteristics of the site by positioning several volumes around a rectangular common courtyard. This courtyard becomes the site’s heart, its identity where life is generated by all activities surrounding it.

    The minim intervention on the existing building, an old farm, accentuates its spatial qualities. The logic of parallel walls is kept and a layered organization of polyvalent rooms is created.

    The small theater is placed at the most urbanised area of the site. Along with the new extension to the old building, it articulates the entrance to the square all the while creating a forecourt on the main street. Its iconic peculiar volume corresponds on its various sides to the different scales and needs of both the square and the street.

    The long and low volume that hosts childcare and youth closes the inner courtyard on its length and is totally opened to it. It becomes the lung of the central space, always in activity, during the day with children and later at night with teens.

    At the end of the courtyard, the pottery workshop and greenhouse volume is opened to the green park behind. It hosts a tailored space for pottery activities which were previously in the existing building. It is prolonged by the green house that dives in the trees of the park.
  • Crédits
    Architects: Julien Ecoffey . Frédéric Karam
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  • 2008 - 2018 : List of Projects
  • Duchesse, BE
  • Frédéric Karam
  • GG, BE
  • Frédéric Karam
  • Kumps, BE
  • Frédéric Karam
  • 449,5 Km, NL
  • Nicole Froehlich, Frédéric Karam, Michiel Van Der Loos
  • ZAV, BE
  • Frédéric Karam, Michiel Van Der Loos, Harold Vermeiren
  • KOTO, BE
  • Nicole Froehlich, Frédéric Karam, Michiel Van Der Loos
  • Al Dabal compound, SA
  • Frédéric Karam, RAUM404
  • Lx3, LB
  • Julien Ecoffey, Léonard Gurtner, Frédéric Karam
  • Huis Voor Een Visser, BE
  • Frédéric Karam, Olivier Roegiest
  • Lisière, CH
  • Marnie Amato, Nathanaël Chollet, Frédéric Karam
  • Wall Villa, LB
  • Frédéric Karam, Mio Tsuneyama
  • Chicxulub, CH
  • Nathanaël Chollet, Frédéric Karam
  • NOTAN OFFICE is a Brussels based architecture and urban design practice. It relies on temporary associations between Frederic Karam and other architects, landscape architects, artists, urban planners, and more technical advisors. The idea is to adapt to every project that demands different knowhows and expertise; relying on this network to reinvent itself through every collaboration, each project taken from scratch, with new inputs for each contexts in attempts to find coherent answers with given budgets, contexts and geographical locations.


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