Best Constructed Private Residence

About the project
Casa CCFF is an eco-friendly house overlooking Geneva’s industrial train station, a domestic factory floating above an untouched garden. Mimicking the surrounding industrial shed roofs, the large open volume is filled with sunlight. The views are carefully framed to create a brightly lit intimacy in this highly urban environment. On the 1st floor, 2 interior gardens divide the living spaces and bring nature at the heart of the house. Overlaying transparencies blur the boundaries between interior and exterior. Under the suspended volume, a generous covered space allows for outdoor living and parking. Using economical materials and prefabrication, it reduces the construction costs to the minimum. Assembled in a few days by local carpenters, the house is built almost entirely in wood, pushing its structural capacities and reducing concrete to a bare minimum. With high insulation values and maximal solar gain, a small heat pump avoid fossil fuels.

Lancy (Geneva), Switzerland

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Additional information
LBA has gained recognition through a number of prices and publications. Amongst others, it was awarded the Golden Lion at the Venice Architectural Biennale and the Swiss Art Awards. His work has been presented at the Swiss Architecture Museum, Art Basel Design at Large, CCB Lisbon, Victoria and Albert Museum, MUDAC Lausanne, etc. His projects have been published in websites and print publications such as Dezzen, Architonic, Designboom, Archdaily, DETAIL, The Architectural Review, Wallpaper, etc

Applicant and authors of the project

Leopold Banchini Architects is a multidisciplinary team exploring space shaping and project making established in Geneva. Focusing in political and environmental issues, architecture is addresses as social action, using DIY culture and eclecticism as means for emancipation.
Architect Leopold Banchini.



Other participants
Marc Walgenwitz, INGENI, ingenieering
Christian Giussoni, architects following construction site
JPF — DUCRET SA, primer constructor