The Molan – Housing complex


The Molan housing complex sits in the middle of a beautiful wooded lot in the town of Cologny. This project reflects the will to increase the residential density of the villa district while prioritising green space.


1995 m²

958 m²

9 apartments

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The design was guided by the resolve to honour the lot’s patron cedar; the designated building-free spaces; the wider architectural context, characterised by nearby farmland; and the desire to minimise energy consumption.

The Môlan includes 9 housing units : 6 5 room condominium units occupying the central building structures and 3 studios by the main pedestrian entrance.

The flats’ daytime areas—kitchens, living rooms, and dining rooms—look out onto large, southwest-facing terraces, and many of the flats have their own private gardens.

A lovely shared park completes the picture and acts as a bridge between farmers’ fields and the built-up environment.

In designing these units, the goal was to achieve high energy performance. Accordingly, they have rooftop photovoltaic solar panels, triple-glazed windows for ideal acoustic and thermal insulation, and heated floors.

Project code HGC
Project duration 2016-2018
Gross floor area 957 m²
Client Private
Architect Christophe Ricq
Certification Minergie-P (very hight energy performance)
Underground vehicle access and fire lane placement also dictated the layout of The Môlan, where the priority was to avoid any construction at the surface of the gardens.

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