Luscher Architectes

"Grand-Pré" Neighbourhood . Crans-près-Céligny

Luscher Architectes . photos: © pierreboss[at]

The urban plan (made in 2004-2006), suggests a differentiated structure, with a regular decrease in density starting from the town, all the way to farmland "emptiness". The green urban transition, expansion or extension of the low density area, is a gradual conversion from a built to a planted environment.


The connection with the old town is achieved by a "mirror" effect, a transposition of structural qualities of the old town, in particular from the street-front of the Rue du Grand-Pré, an extension of its spatiality, scale, visual and pedestrian permeability, with the subsequent sequencing of spaces revealed in that analysis.
The urban project proposes a hybrid combination, merging various components of the environment into a condensed vision of the site.
For the first stage of the built project (2010-1012), the same materials and proportions of the old town are used to maintain a certain harmony. The scale, itself subject to the weighting of the vis-à-vis, results as a quasi-Cubist pictorial interpretation of the essence of the village. Just like the materialization of the subliminal impression left by the old town preserved in the municipality of Crans-près-Céligny, that represents a heritage and an aesthetic appeal.
The street view plays with a complementarity principle of subtraction (Group8) and addition (Luscher Architectes) of travertine stone. They form an overall vision following the rules of the urban plan geometries study established by Luscher Architectes.
The outdoor areas of the Grand-Pré district are based on the transition from mineral to green, from public to private.
The architectural projects must implement the urban planning concept.
The proposed addition of travertine blocks offers a variability of built scales and an expressive link with the minerality of the existing village.

"Grand-Pré" Neighbourhood, Crans-près-Céligny Switzerland
Work: Housing and Urban Planning of "Grand-Pré" neighbourhood,
Crans-près-Céligny, Vaud, Switzerland
Client: Commune of Crans-près-Céligny (planning) / Private Client
Date of execution: "Grand-Pré" urban planning 2004-2006 (mixed area of activity and housing & public utility uses)
Construction 2010-2012 (first stage)
Architect: Luscher Architectes SA
Visual artist: Polychromy study, Jean-François Reymond
Engineers: Ingeni SA, civil engineering
MAB-Ingénierie SA, electricity
SB Technique SA, heating and ventilation
Zanini-Baechli et Associés SA, sanitation
Work manager: Quartal Sàrl
Surfaces: 13’000 m2 of floor area for 21 apartments and activity
Volume: 19'496 m3
Building cost: Confidential

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