Case Study – Maison de Maître – 1777

  • Petit-Saconnex, Genève
  • The house “Maison de Maitre“ is a large mansion built around 1777, with detached rural out- buildings, preceded by a tree lane and a stone gate. The house shows how the elements of society and façade influenced and portrayed each other.
  • The house shows the fascination of the bourgeoisie with antiquity through its pilasters arranged along the corners and through a prominent tympanum. The aspect of science, mathematics and geometrical ideas are reflected in the house's stone façade with cubic austerity and geometric clarity, in entirety and in detail.
  • The few ornaments on the façade show the restrained splendour of the bourgeoisie in contrast to the aristocracy. The elaborate house stone façade, characterized by cubic rigour, ancient elements and sparse decoration, reflect the bourgeoise of its time.

People: Cook, Eat, Gather, Listen, Read, Rest, See, Sit, Sleep, Stand, Talk

typology: Apartment, House

Climate: Heat

Location: Suburb, Town, Village

Material: Wood, Stone, Plaster

Contributor: Simon Brunner
24 July 2023