"Maison de La Paix" in Genéve, Switzerland
Etad de Geneve
Aires Mateus & Associados, Lda
The buildings architectonic concept was based on simplicity, it was intended that the structure would be a preponderant element of the buildings image.
The solution proposed distinguished two zones: the inferior zone of the building that included 3 submerged levels and a library level, and the superior zone, with 7 levels, with a regular drawing.
For the inferior zone, the construction of a traditional structure in concrete 'in situ' was proposed. The peripheral walls and the pavement slabs of the last floor defined an impermeable tank to the underground running water.
The superior zone was composed by a conjunction of pre-cast elements of concrete, slabs and pillars, interlinked, thus defining the building. The misalignment of the pillars on the façade, with a distance of 1.35m amongst them, resulted in a support system for the slabs on the pillars, with the recourse of a metallic beam imbedded in the elements of the slabs.
The elements of the slab had the ventilation conducts incorporated, making them interlinked through the connectors that were bolted, thus assuring the conjunctive functioning as a diaphragm.
The horizontal braking was materialized by diaphragms constituted of triangular metallic structures, placed on the axis of the building.