Key strengths:

  • An ideal location at the heart of Geneva’s international district
  • Quality office space, with floors designed to maximize utilization, with a high degree of flexibility in layouts
  • High-quality green spaces and a dense network of soft mobility options

Key aspects:

  • 43,000 m2 of office space for rent
  • Easily divisible floors, with units from 280 m2
  • Delivery from 2023

Project description

This new international hub will offer a high-quality work environment close to all the UN organizations. Each building in Green Village will be independent, however the attractive, green meeting places will encourage each organization or company to play a part in the life of this site, developed as a pedestrian zone. Restaurant and local neighbourhood facilities will also be available.

Square on the route des Morillons and acces to the underground car park

Architectural description

Green Village consists of six new buildings offering offices, housing and hotel services, arranged around the central building of the World Council of Churches.

The project’s pavilion concept creates a network of generous, connected green spaces, with an open layout and a variety of styles,

meeting both the requirement to offer public access and spaces for more private use.

The environmental vision for the project focuses on maximizing green space, while providing a community of compact buildings of various sizes and complementary shapes, in the distinctive identity of a

neighbourhood built with the same materials, just as a village might be.

Green Village has two major squares, one being an access square on the route des Morillons and the second at the entrance to the Ecumenical Centre.

Culture and heritage

The existing buildings are home to the headquarters of the World Council of Churches. They were built in the 1960s by the Honnegger Brothers, renowned architects from Geneva.

In the main building are located the chapel designed by Danish architect Svend Erik Møller and the conference centre. The main building, as well as the garden designed by landscape architect

Walter Brugger, have been classified by the Canton of Geneva upon recommendation by the Heritage Department, in order to be protected, and they will be renovated to preserve their particular and visionary architectural qualities from the 1960s.

Green Village also preserves the original character of the site with its new buildings set in a layout mirroring the initial positioning

of the wings around the main building; and the project highlights the landscaping typical of the international organizations district from that era.

This site, with its significant history and qualities, has a future as a unique place, with the continued expression of its cultural and ecological attributes.

Brugger garden and buiding Montreal

Sustainability and environmental aspects

In developing the site, particular attention has been paid to energy efficiency and environmental issues by incorporating the very latest developments in this field into the design.

To comply with the Canton of Geneva’s Very High Energy Performance standards, the buildings will be highly energy-efficient and will be fuelled by 100 percent renewable energy, from geothermal sensors, solar panels and networked energy (micro-grid),

resulting in a zero-carbon footprint.

Green Village is the first property development to apply the One Planet Living ® biodiversity standards. One Planet Living ® is an initiative of Bioregional and the WWF [World Wildlife Fund] to create sustainable communities in Switzerland, with a method of implementation which was developed with Implenia. The natural quality and ecology of the site will be protected, while conserving in particular the indigenous flora and fauna.

Green Village in summary:

  • A total of seven buildings, with office space, residential accommodation, and a hotel
  • An architectural complex centred around a historic, renovated, listed building
  • Conceived and designed by well-known Geneva-based architectural firms: LRS-architectes, Group8, dl-a
  • Four buildings providing office space for rent
  • 48 new apartments and a crèche
  • An estate for pedestrians only and two underground car parks

Open-air reservoir

Brugger garden and Montreal building

View of the venue from the route des Morillons

Promenade de la Paix

Aerial view of the venue

Interior view of the office space