savioz fabrizzi architectes
plan for the alcan district, sierre, competition entry
city of sierre
district master planning sous-géronde, property of alcan
competition may 2008
landscape engineer :
ingénieur circulation :
transitec sa, lausanne
civil engineer :
louis bonvin et fils, sierre
françois meyer architecture, sion
about 15,000 years ago, a mass of rock measuring at least one cubic kilometre started to slide from the heights of salgesch towards finges. this mass came up against the glacier flow, which pushed, transported and spread it over a length of 12km downstream, to just beyond granges. the melt waters had to make their way through this mass of broken rock, resulting in a craggy landscape that the rhône subsequently filled with alluvium, taking a succession of different routes (shown on the diagram in blue-green). the hills of sierre, which testify to these events, now emerge from the rhône plain, forming a unique landscape.
between the steeply-sloping hills, the park connects the lac de géronde with the river of today. the paths run along the site as far as the rhône, connecting dwellings to the park and sometimes becoming larger to accommodate games areas, barbecues, picnic tables etc. vehicular traffic is clearly restricted to the fringes of the site.
like the landslip material, the buildings emerge, rising like rocks in this landscape, while allowing the eye and the wind to pass beyond, in the direction once taken by the rhône.