Two key steps completed in the Graduate Institute’s ambitious real estate project.
Edgar de Picciotto Student House
In March the structural work was completed on the Edgar de Picciotto Student House, which will welcome 243 students and a few visiting faculty members at the beginning of the 2012-2013 academic year. In addition, renovation of the exterior of the Villa Barton was completed in April.
The official ceremony marking the end of the main work on the Student House was held on 12 April. The Director of the Institute, Phillipe Burrin, and the Institute’s Real Estate Manager, Pierre Guth, congratulated and thanked the 150 construction workers who were at the ceremony. The Chairman of the Institute’s Foundation Board, Jacques Forster, as well as the architects of the Student House, Bureau Lacroix-Chessex, and representatives from the building’s technical service providers were also present. The Student House is located a short walk away from the construction site of the Maison de la paix, the Institute’s future academic hub.
On 6 April, renovation work on the exterior of Institute’s historic Villa Barton was completed. The windows and the roof of the building were replaced and the façade was refurbished. The building will consume 75% less energy for heating purposes following the renovation.
Construction of the foot bridge that will go from the Edgar de Piccotto Student House to the Maison de la paix will soon be underway. Construction began on the Maison de la paix in July 2011 and is set to be complete at the end of 2013.
Once built, the Institute’s Campus de la paix will extend from the United Nations headquarters to the shores of Lake Geneva and will span two public parks, Mon-Repos Park as well as Rigot Park, which will be redesigned. It will consist of a series of buildings: Edgar de Picciotto Student House, Maison de la paix, Portail des nations, Villa Moynier, Villa Barton, and the Rothschild building. The Campus de la paix project will provide the Institute with state of the art buildings with high environmental standards in the heart of Geneva’s district of international organisations.
Find more information on the Campus de la paix website.