Geneva, on the River Rhône, is truly a world city, playing host to around 200 governmental and non-governmental organisations. One of these, the World Council of Churches (WCC), which represents more than 500 million Christians, has its headquarters in the city’s international quarter. The WCC complex includes an assembly building, four annexes and a library, all set in a small area of parkland.
Implenia was given the job of making this ecumenical centre fit for the future. The resulting “Green Village” project includes the renovation of the listed central building, while six new buildings, providing offices, apartments and a hotel, are being built in the surrounding gardens. The first two new buildings are scheduled for completion by the end of 2022.
Green Village is one of the first projects to put the “One Planet Living” philosophy into practice. This philosophy is based on ten principles for sustainable neighbourhoods, which Implenia formulated together with the WWF. The primary aim is to reduce CO2 emissions during both construction and the building’s operational phase by, among other things, selecting the right materials and using renewable energy. A large solar energy system, for example, is being installed on the roofs.
“One Planet Living” also includes other environmental measures, such as reducing and recycling waste, green mobility solutions and promoting biodiversity. Emphasis is also placed on social issues, such as encouraging neighbourliness, using regional resources, involving local businesses and promoting community well-being. More on One Planet Living.