Cité internationale du Grand Morillon

Call for projects for four shopping arcades in a new neighborhood in the heart of international Geneva

Rue Michelle-Nicod 2 – 4 – 6
CH-1218 Le Grand-Saconnex

The Terra and Casa Foundation is seeking tenants for four shopping arcades in a new neighborhood located in the heart of the Jardin des Nations, a major gateway to International Geneva. The Cité Internationale du Grand Morillon is a mixed-use development located between the Route de Ferney and the Route des Morillons that comprises :

  • a residence for 700 students from the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies (IHEID)
  • the global operational headquarters of Médecins Sans Frontières with 540 workplaces (MSF)
  • 4 shopping arcades and 88 housing units reserved primarily for employees working in the International Geneva sector (Terra and Casa Foundation).

The different owners have joined forces to create a shared landscape that is harmonious and open to the public, including the creation of a public square in front of the shopping arcades. The three buildings will be operational from 2021.

Layout of the arcades

TypeSurfaceDepot/StorageRent CHF
Restaurant 1 (201)175 m232 + 8 m24’600.–
Activity 2 (401)195 m224 m24’400.–
Activity 3 (602)211 m228 m24’800.–
Activity 4 (601)100 m221 m22’300.–

These rents are subject to the approval of the Cantonal Housing Office OCLPF. (excluding charges, parking, and terrace)

Intentional calendar

Submission of applications: 30th November 2020
Commencement of interior fitting for the arcades: July 2021
Tenancy move in: November 2021


The Cité international du Grand Morillon will offer a novel experience for the International Geneva district that has historically been used solely as a place of work. A mixed-use development will provide housing as well as living, working, commercial and leisure spaces open to the public.

Within a 3-minute walk of the Cité Internationale du Grand Morillon is the International School with its 1,000 students and across the road will be the Green Village, a  ‘One Planet Living’ development comprising offices, residential apartments, conference facilities and a hotel. The ‘Jardin des Nations’ development site will also eventually house spaces dedicated to international organisations on a 40,000m2 plot.

From 2025, this area will be served by a tram stop which will place it at the heart of a network connecting Lancy Pont-Rouge (PAV), Plainpalais, Cornavin, Place des Nations, the airport and Ferney-Voltaire.

Types of activities sought

The Foundation’s mission is to develop and maintain a high-quality real estate portfolio where housing is primarily made available to the employees working in the international Geneva sector. In this project, the commercial units will play a fundamental role in the animation of the neighborhood’s public spaces and in the sense of conviviality and hospitality that will emerge over time.

As owner, the Foundation is paying particular attention to the allocation of the commercial units with the intention of choosing projects that ideally contribute to the socio-economic dynamism of the neighborhood. These arcades are intended to offer residents and users a quality range of local goods and services (specialized shops, organic or bulk-sell grocery stores, co-working spaces, personalized services…). There is a strong demand for food and drink services in its most varied forms (café-bar, craft brewery, food-court, take-away…). A workshop linked to mobility (space for bicycle, scooter repairs/sales/rentals…) could also be an opportunity. As many families live in the vicinity, an attractive offer for children and families would be welcome. It is also possible to propose projects that bring together multiple actors/operators within a specific unit.

The Foundation’s objective is to seek, as a matter of priority, projects that respond to the needs of residents and users and can provide added value for the neighborhood in terms of social connections.

The Foundation Terra et Casa will contribute to funding the interior fitting-out of the units.


The application file must include a summary of the project with a description of the activity and a letter of motivation.

Anyone interested in renting an arcade is invited to send an applications by e-mail to :

or by post to the attention of Silvia Solari, to the following address :

Fondation Terra et Casa
Rue de Lyon 93
CH-1203 Geneva

Please submit any questions or requests for further information via e-mail to

The deadline for applications is November 30, 2020. Upon examination of the different proposals, the allocation of the units is planned for January 2021.

Restaurant 1 (201)

This unit, which includes a terrace, is located at the western corner of the building. It is suitable for a 70-80 seats café-restaurant, equipped with a storage room and cloakroom in the basement.

Restaurant 1 : 175 m2
Storage 1 : 32 m2 + Cloakroom 8 m2
(excluding terrace rental)
Total rent CHF 4’600* par month + charges
*subject to the approval of the Cantonal Housing Office OCLPF

Activity 2 (401)

This unit is double oriented with a storage room in the basement.

Unit : 195 m2
Storage 4 : 24 m2
Total rent CHF 4’400* par month + charges
*subject to the approval of the Cantonal Housing Office OCLPF

Activity 3 (602)

This unit is double oriented with a storage room in the basement.

Unit : 211 m2
Storage 3 : 28 m2
Total rent CHF 4’800* per month + charges  
*subject to the approval of the Cantonal Housing Office OCLPF

Plans Activité 4 (601)

This unit is located at the eastern corner of the building and has a storage room in the basement.

Unit : 100 m2
Storage 2 : 21 m2
Total CHF 2’300* per month + charges
*subject to the approval of the Cantonal Housing Office OCLPF