Ambilly is a site occupying a strategic position in Genéve agglomeration, between the central city and the large agricultural land. The current program envisages to increase the density of the site developing a new settlement for 3000 inhabitants. We interpret the program as an opportunity to redefine the edge of the city and to reflect on the transition between the city and the landscape.
Contrasting both urban “sprawl” and the tendency to recover the traditional urban typologies of the dense city, we propose a model of urbanity where landscape plays an active role in desining settlement criteria and urban form.
A great emphasis is, thus, put on the open space structure which creates a complex environment allowing to superimpose a variety of meanings, articulating the relations between private and public, and including diversity in the uses of space.