Case Study – Pavillon de Jardin a Cologny – François Maurice et Louis Parmelin, 1967

  • Cologny, Genève
  • The uprise of homes designed in the mid-century modern style, such as the Pavillon de Jardin a Cologny, has its origin in the hillside of Los Angeles, California. Confronted with a nationwide housing shortage in America after World War II, the solution to affordable residential construction was more sought-after than ever before.
  • This marks the beginning of the Case Study House program, initiated by the Arts & Architecture magazine in 1945. With the magazine as a sponsor, but most importantly as a forum for these prototypical modern houses, this new idea of building quickly spreads around the globe and to Geneva where it materialized in the Pavillon the Jardin a Cologny.
  • But rather than being built as a low-cost home, the Pavillon was used as a summer residence, architectural office and later even as an event venue, celebrating the house as an architectural object instead of an answer to a dramatic housing market.

People: Dance, Gather, Rest, See, Talk, Watch

typology: House, Open Space

Climate: Heat, Light, Water

Location: Suburb, Urban

Material: Concrete, Glass

Contributor: Miro Kiener
24 July 2023