Pasodoble
by NOMOS

Pasodoble, a project conducted by NOMOS in Geneva, offers a home to people with mental disabilities and to students, as well as collective and social housing.

In total, Pasodoble includes 32 apartments for collective and social housing; 33 units for mentally challenged people, commercial spaces, a center for physical training and rehabilitation, and an underground parking

Commercial spaces and a center for physical training and rehabilitation are located on the ground floor. A continuous arched portico binds them together and forms the structural base of the building.

Two distinct volumes accommodate this diverse programme. They share an enfilade of slightly shifted patios.

Together they reconcile the two different alignments on site and frame a majestic cedar tree.

The space and the tension between the two bodies is reminiscent of the popular dance pasodoble, and creates the architectural theme and stimulates collective delight.

The communal residence, as well as the student apartments, are organized as linear cluster types, the other apartments as cross types.

All the living spaces gather around the courtyard, while the individual rooms look outwards.

The binary rhythm of the pasodoble is also expressed by the use of the green and white ceramic tiles.

Handcrafted in Vietri sul Mare in Italy

They reflect each other’s qualities while providing orientation and beauty, much in contrast to the melancholy of traditional social and clinical housing.

Authors NOMOS
Team Lucas Camponovo, Katrien Vertenten, Massimo Bianco,
Maxime Poirier, Mariko Tsunooka, Marta Mato, Jean-Luc Chênes,
Sébastien Correard, Paul Galindo, Ophélie Herranz
Year 2021
Surface 6’133 sqm
Location Lancy, Geneva, Switzerland
Photography Paola Corsini 

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