This villa is situated at the edge of a neighborhood of single-family homes. The site opens out towards the rural environment, stretching along the foot of the Salève. It was placed in a staggered position on the plot so that it only discreetly interacts with the neighboring early 20th-century building.
The project was conceived as a habitable structure rather than a form with a strong expression. The villa, which resembles a pavilion in a Japanese garden, presents three stacked, reinforced concrete platforms that are supported by panels in different sizes and positions. The first part emerges from the ground and includes the cellar, the building technology and an additional bedroom. The slightly raised ground floor creates a poetic reference to the garden and gives the villa a monumental character. The second section comprises the day rooms, while the third part accommodates the bedrooms in a traditional way. The final level is a roof that inclines towards the centre. The ends of the central fold are extended towards the drains, thereby reinterpreting the motif of a waterspout and guiding the rainwater into a tank. The project uses this special crown to integrate itself into the countryside. A fourth, freestanding, yet similar “table” is situated at the edge of the plot. It accommodates the garage and orders the entrance through the garden.