Cargo, Geneva, Switzerland / group8

1 July 2011 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, House of the Month Reading Time:  5 minutes

© Régis Golay - FEDERAL Studio

© Régis Golay – FEDERAL Studio

A former industrial hall, near the center of Geneva (Switzerland), hosts these new offices designed in order to make the best use of the 780 sqm and the 9m of height. This white and luminous space contains a hidden treasure: 16 recycled shipping containers. All of which have been traveling across the world for thousands of kilometers over the oceans of the globe. Piled up as giant Legos, the containers were preserved “as found” without any outside cosmetic transformation. This aesthetic keeps the poetry of their former use and differentiates them from the immateriality of the big neutral space they lie in. Realistically, the use of containers represents a gain of about 200 sqm, while making good use of the height within the space.   read more…

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