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Maison Dumont, vieille ville de Genève, Switzerland

Maison Dumont, Suisse, Crédit photos : Meyer Architecte

Located in the heart of the old town of Geneva, Maison Dumont is a very contemporary copper building, set in the backyard of two historic buildings. Designed by Meyer Architect, it provides guest rooms and brings a breath of life and modernity to a courtyard that had been abandoned for years.

The project actually begins 12 years ago, when a hotel agency inherited two old buildings a short distance from the lively Place du Bourg-de-Four, and decided to turn it into a real architectural ensemble. Renovation work was initiated, and Meyer Architect was appointed to revive the courtyard that is common to both old buildings. The idea: to design a small set of three apartments, with very contemporary looks, and clad with copper.

The courtyard was first expanded to house the building and its three apartments, intended for seasonal rental. The whole is thus divided: two duplex, each with access to a garden-terrace, and a penthouse that runs the length of the building. Limited in terms of space, the architect concentrated his work on materiality, favoring natural copper, which became the thread of the project. The copper roof is thus inclined across the whole of the construction, bringing light into the courtyard that was missing until then.

At penthouse level, a skylight made of copper slats provides privacy. Thanks to the malleability of copper, the blades have been folded diagonally, and are adjustable as blinds: they veil the facade along its entire length, creating interplay of light and transparency. The occupants of the apartment thus gain in intimacy without losing in brightness.

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Building

Owner: 
La cour maison – Maison Dumont
Completion date: 
2016
Country: 
Switzerland
City: 
Genève
Street: 
12 rue Etienne Dumont
Location: 

Categories

Applications: 
Facades
Roofs
Type of building: 
Residential
Hotels, accommodation
Copper used: 
Classic
Estate: 
Upgrade

Architect

Name, office: 
Meyer Architecte
Address & description: 
19 Rue de Veyrier, 1227 Genève, Suisse. Meyer Architecte est un cabinet d’architecte genevois créé en 2003. Sa devise est "Eviter l'insignifiant est la voie pour révéler l'essentiel".

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