Geneva took me by surprise. It’s a city commonly known as a business destination but I’m here to tell you that there is so much more. It’s true that Geneva is not particularly known for its modern and contemporary architecture however there are a couple of interesting buildings and structures definitely worth seeing.
HANS-WILSDORF BRIDGE | BRODBECK AND ROULET |
This steel bridge is the reason why I would go back to Geneva in a second. Apparently it is beautifully lit at night with constantly changing colours going from a vivid red to white-bluish tones. The structure is very dynamic and expressive made of interwoven girders. All the structural and aesthetic qualities of the Hans-Wilsdorf bridge earned it a nomination for the ‘European steel construction award of 2013’.
THE SMURFS BUILDINGS | FREI, HUNZIKER, BERTHOUD |
In the Les Grottes quarter, behind the station, there is a strange residential complex with curved walls and bright pastel colors. Built between 1982 and 1984 by three inspired architects, these buildings recall the work of Spanish architect Gaudi. Balconies in relief, wrought iron railings and, above all, no straight lines.
Rue Louis-Favre 41, 1201 Genève
ÉGLISE SAINTE-TRINITÉ | UGO BRUNONI |
Absolutely unique design for this spherical church that literally looks like a pink granite cannon ball. It’s a must see.
Rue Ferrier 16, 1202 Genève
EDGAR ET DANIELE DE PICCIOTTO STUDENT HOUSE | LACROIX CHESSEX |
Avenue de France 22, 1202 Genève
JTI HEADQUARTERS | SOM |
More places worth a visit:
- Museum d’ethnographie de Genève
( Boulevard Carl-Vogt 65-67, 1205 Genève)
The Globe of Science and Innovation
(Square Galileo Galilei, Route de Meyrin 385, 1217 Meyrin)