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At the commencement of the works, prior to dismantlement, a light removal of asbestos was carried out. This procedure concerned the parts of the house dating from the XXth century. This factor, however, coincided with the will to maintain a rigorous time schedule.

In regard to a noted sense of disarray, the technical works were a predominant constraint. The rehabilitation of the garden-floor required the foundations of all load-bearing walls to be technically reinforced. Mr. Roger Simond, expert in ancient masonry and ratified by the «office du patrimoine et des sites,» brought us his prized proposal and comforted us in our first steps and decisions.

The technical reinforcement of the foundations of the walls (made of earth) was achieved by interior as well as exterior draining (in particular a provision of air and if necessary evacuation of water). The degrading state of the floors on the garden-floor required their removal, and with that permitted the drainage to occur without further ado. Floor heating was installed in parallel to the canalisation system. Several old sandstone floors were even restored, whereas they had been concealed under a sheet of indifference.

Classified Manor House from the XVIIIth century

Genève 2008-9



angledroit Architectes & Verena Best