Holy Swiss cheese, Batman! Gotham is moving to Geneva!

by Malcolm Curtis | The Local, Switzerland | March 1, 2012

A Lausanne architecture firm has won a commission to design a megaproject dubbed “Gotham” in Geneva to create offices for 5,000 workers, as well as shops and up to 600 housing units. Officials unveiled the winning proposal by Pont 12 Architectes S.A. on Wednesday for a location near the future Lancy-Pont-Rouge regional train station.

The blueprint calls for the construction of five towers, each with holes or niches in the façade. The big city look of the project helps explain its name – an evocation of the mythical haunt of Batman, the superhero character.

Swiss Federal Railways (CFF) is spearheading the development with backing from the canton of Geneva and the municipality of Lancy. The real estate arm of CFF wants to build 130,000 square metres of commercial floor space, including 9,300 square metres for retail outlets.

An additional 550 to 600 housing units and a school are to follow in a second phase.

To read more, check TheLocal.ch


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