Les Grand-Esserts

Masterplan for Vessy plateau development

Veyrier, Geneva

2012 - 2015

Les Grands-Esserts

The siting and features such as the wide landscape, the Arve, the edge and the Vessy plateau are the essential factors of the integration of the new district into the town of Veyrier. The natural features of the site are shown to their best advantage and add their rhythm to the urban organization.
Nature intervenes in the sections which run along the edge, promoting a dialogue with the agricultural fields. The grid both respects and enhances the present orientation, developing along the lines of the present structural axes, Veyrier, Vessy, Beaux-Champs and creating openings to the countryside at large. It is thus integrated into the natural, historical and cultural continuity of the landscape.

The district is open to its surroundings. It favours exchanges and meetings, offering a variety of atmosphere and lifestyles. The urban sectors are arranged with differing degrees of privacy, taking care to adapt to the local conditions of the site.
The transition from the private domain to the collective one, in particular, has been achieved by a gradation of ambiance, moving from the most communal and urban to the most individual and residential.

group8, Les Grand-Esserts, Veyrier, Geneva, 2012 - 2015


Creation of 1'200 housing units
Shop premises and tertiary building programs


Etat de Genève

Image credits

©Thomas Sponti