AGORA Lombard Odier, Place Cosandey EPFL, 2019


 The southern part of the EPFL Campus has seen significant mutations in recent years and the Place Cosandey remained as a leftover. This space was not articulated, without spatial definition other than that provided by the bordering buildings. The EPFL management, decided that it should be up to the students themselves to design the transformation of this generous space on campus.

Between September and November 2015, the ALICE laboratory coordinated this collaboration, in the form of a series of successive workshops. The project proposes an intensified relationship between the campus and its environment. It offers, with the Disque-project, a moment of elevation, in a close visual and bodily relationship with Lac Léman. The project plays then a double role of square and urban park, supporting simultaneous activities and movements. Open to the citizens and becoming part of a collective imagery, it has grafted itself into the existing potential of the EPFL campus and its surrounding environment. The Agora was inaugurated on the 18th march 2019.

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Link to phase one of Place Cosandey

Photo credits : © Dylan Perrenoud / ALICE EPFL, © Alain Herzog / Mediacom EPFL


ALICE team : Dieter Dietz, Daniel Zamarbide, Arthur Blanc, Laurent Chassot, Aurélie Dupuis, Alexa den Hartog, Rudi Nieveen, Camille Vallet 

Students : Antoine Amphoux, Guillaume Bland, Marta Martinez-Camara, Louis Chabod, Titouan Chapouly, Yannick Claessens, Benoit Cousin, Hanna Elatifi, Justine Estoppey, Rodolphe Farrando, Jasmine Florentine, Bastien Horn, Bastian Marzoli, Thibaut Menny, Francesco Montresor, Javier Perez, Mikaël Sachs, Yann Salzmann, Eda Senn, Emmanuelle Vernet 

Sponsor : Foundation Lombard Odier

Engineer : INGENI Ingénierie Structurale 

Client : EPFL 

General contractor : MARTI Construction SA 

Construction companies : AMAUDRUZ Électricité, BAUDAT Pépinières, FORMAT-PAYSAGE Paysagiste, INGPHI Concepteurs d’ouvrages d’art, JAKOB Rope Systems, L’ATELIER DU PAYSAGE Paysagiste, REMUND Holzbau, SOTTAS Construction métallique, SRG Ingénieurs sécurité 


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