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Architecture d’intérieur

UFO (Unidentified Floating Objects)

Geneva, September 2023

HEAD – Genève & École Camondo

The project Unidentified Floating Objects (UFOs) investigated the inhabited waters of Lake Léman and the role played by humans in the mid-water ecosystem. During a five-day workshop, groups of students were tasked with imagining floating devices with different programmatic purposes. On the final day, all participants navigated on the lake together within their constructed architectures.

The lake and the Rhône River hosted various types of floating structures, each with different functions. These included filtering and purifying the water, diving beneath it to measure its properties, inhabiting the water’s surface, seamlessly navigating through it, and moving between different bodies of water and organisms to interact with them. These activities were facilitated through specific architectural devices, offering insights into the contemporary relationship between water resources and the everyday life of Geneva. Using only reused materials for their construction, all the structures were finally dismantled and stored for future reuse.


Workshop tutors:
HEAD – Genève : Leonid Slonimskiy, Paule Perron
École Camondo : Valentin Dubois, Artus Monat


HEAD – Genève : Balakrishnan Navya, Bolch Sawako, Canton Emma, Coman Larisa, Eischen Cloé, Fomina Mariia, Jalalzadeh Darya, Kasmein Leila, Law Frida, Lee Jaemo, Pettenati Giada, Tapia Buchelli Sofia, Tourette Célia, Zepeda Aranda Ana Karina, Miskufova Alexandra, Schild Marie Lesley, Torrione Marie, Pitetti Sandy

École Camondo : Léa Berio, Marie Calleja, Enora Chancel, Emilie Chemin, Justin Chesse, Jade Corre, Lyam Cottet, Oscar Courjaud, Ambre Driouche, Juliette Francisco, Anca Gavrila, Anne-sophie Grifo, Nessrine Jeridi, Laura Lacommare, Fanny Leclerc, Clara Leynaert, Elisa Lorgues, Lilou Loubeyre, Clélia Manuguerra, Jean-charles Miquel, Carla Molinari, Margot Morteau, Yannis Negrel, Eva Nicolaï, Lily Noir, Kynsie Ondo, Carla Puccinelli, Ann-liz Radegonde, Zélia Sacchi, Alixe Siffert, Anissa Tekin, Maxime Vallat, Lolie Vasselin Girard, Berenice Vidal-sanz, Côme Vulin

© HEAD – Genève, Raphaëlle Mueller