Union of European Football Associations

Contemporary gardens - Historic gardens

The UEFA site is arranged around two clusters of buildings erected by two different groups of project managers and separated by a busy road. The primary function of the external amenities of the site was to protect the buildings from traffic nuisance. The markedly horizontal building designed by the architect Patrick Berger, to the south of the main road, is separated from the noise by a vast expanse of grasses, which is in fact the roof slab of an underground car park. On the other side of the road, the simple yet powerful architecture of the buildings designed by Bassi, Carella and Marello of Geneva are protected by the plantation of around twenty large plane trees which, when mature, will form a natural screen. In short: a plain and a forest, like the ‘Côte’ at the foot of the wooded Jura mountains.

Produced in collaboration with Atelier Acanthe, Franck Neau, landscape architect, Paris, Blaise Bourgeois, landscape architect, Geneva, Patrick Berger and Francis Goetschmann, architects, Paris and Geneva, architects, Lausanne, Bassi, Carella, Marello, Architects, Geneva

Pictures : Thomas Hensinger, Geneva – Marina Denogent, Prangins

Movies : federal-studio.com, Geneva