Gardeners House

Conceived in dialogue with the forest, once-present on site, now partially demolished. Its curved façade integrates a fountain and completes a clearing of trees, offering a new space to the public and the inhabitants of the neighbourhood.

This gesture is reinforced by the presence of a lantern on the roof, which acts as a signal to wanderers crossing the park, underlining the civic character of this recreational area. The lightness of the folding wooden façade is in contrast with the brickwork of the building’s interior workshop, inverting the traditional order of building. Above it, a ceiling composed of concrete beams, through which light filters in, evokes a pergola structure.

Client

Commune de Thônex, SIG, DI Etat de Genève

Location

Thônex, GE

Year

2019-2023

    Amo

    Comptoir Immobilier

    Team

    Fanny Noël, Diogo Lopes, Camilla Sala, Antonin Mack, Fabio Patricio

    Photos

    Sven Högger

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Artist Studio

A crescent gallery embracing a garden observes the changing light and rhythm of the seasons, themes intrinsically related to the artist’s work.

The studio’s silhouette echoes the picturesque roofscape of the surrounding context, while the shed typology speaks to its function. The curved volume evokes the spatial qualities of classic garden galleries, which are recalled in plan through a wandering sequence leading from main house to the artist bureau. The wooden facade, stained in a dark green melts into nature, creating a field where floating metallic frames emerge. Translucent windows capture sunlight and the site’s lush vegetation.

Client

Private

Location

Conches, GE

Year

2019-2022

    Photos

    Federico Farinatti

    Team

    Fanny Noël, Diogo Lopes, Antonin Mack, Camilla Sala, Fabio Patricio

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Foron school

the project for the new school reflects on the possibility of building with a minimum of excavation. A flexible box learns from its industrial context and unexpectedly shelters a sports hall on the top floor, defining an interior and urban climax.

A long figure, half stair, half stands, connects the exterior playground through the classrooms until the top floor. A cladding of wood shingles wraps the timber structure and is cutted-out to provide openings. The first floors shelter the classrooms within a field of columns which extend to the surrounding tree trunks, while the walls are adaptable. The sports hall overlooks the Salève and accommodates a lantern-like window that reveals the program stacking and crowns the volume.

Client

Ville de Thônex

Location

Thônex GE

Year

2023

    Images

    Aiva

    Status

    Competition, not built

    Team

    Fanny Noël, Diogo Lopes, Leona Chadwick

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Grand Voiret Kitchen

A folded wall, reminiscent of a screen, acts as a filter between cooking and dining areas. It preserves the autonomy of each space while allowing cross-views which extend through the existing windows.

Timber pilasters articulate the rhythm and the different openings varying between passages and an open bar. The chromatic game of figure and ground allows a visual intertwining of the screen and the kitchen features, blurring the limit between interior and exterior. Variations of the same primary colour – IKB and sky blue - emphasise the depth and surface quality of the elements. Exposed timber fragments, reference the existing oak floor, drawing a connection between old and new.

Client

Private

Location

Plan-les-Ouates, GE

Year

2021

    Photos

    Federico Farinatti

    Team

    Fanny Noël, Diogo Lopes

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Verdeaux School

The school unites new buildings and existing structures, with a variety of expressions and topographical articulations, into a “Green Archipelago”.

Influenced by the context of Renens, built of urban villas sitting in between vegetation, the school buildings gather around a central patio, forming a green village where students come together. The existing listed building is refurbished, constituting a public front towards the city, while four smaller buildings behind, two existing and two new, are clad with timber boards of differing colours, underlining their diverse characters.

Client

Ville de Rennens

Location

Renens, VD

Year

2022

    Status

    3rd prize, open competition

    Team

    Fanny Noël, Diogo Lopes

    With

    Studiolo

    Images

    Nora Walter

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Lake Observatory

An ephemeral timber shelter observes the birds during summer from the banks of the Joux Lake. Its sharp geometry and thin reflective materiality echoes the pre-alpine landscape and la Dent de Vaullion.

The volume alternates between a mute form, underlining a dialogue with the landscape and geology of the site, and an emblematic figure looking towards the lake, calling to boats that pass by.

Client

Galerie de l'Essor

Location

Joux Lake

Year

October 2019

    Team

    Fanny Noël, Diogo Lopes, Fabio Patricio

    Photos

    Joel Tettamanti

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Neirivue School

A new school, composed of two mirrored buildings, creates an exterior room between the old village and surrounding agricultural fields, oriented towards the emblematic Dent de Corjon, in the pre-Alps Vaudois.

The project’s double “L” figure in plan echoes the barnhouse typologies of the village, creating a volumetric ensemble around the old church. Through its mirrored form, the children retain visual contact with their classmates, suggesting a continuous learning landscape. Vertical paths and generous circulation spaces in front of classrooms accommodate the hosting of activities beyond class hours and encourage alternative teaching methods.

Client

Commune de Haut-Intyamon

Location

Neirivue, FR

Year

2019

    Status

    Competition

    Team

    Fanny Noël, Diogo Lopes

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