Kengo Kuma utilizes modular assembly for student housing in Switzerland

Featuring a stepped promenade that cuts through an otherwise uniform grid of operable screened windows, Kengo Kuma & Associates’ (KKAA) residences for students at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva challenges the separation of public and private spaces of a traditional dormitory. Rather than reserving the ground floor for public spaces and sequestering student rooms on upper floors, the promenade of this approximately 330,000-square-foot building allows for shared access up through the building to its rooftop through a common circulation route.

KKAA partner-in-charge Javier Villar Ruiz described the intended effect as creating a sense of community for students who arrive from around the

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