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Bâtiment des Forces Motrices - Geneva

Nicolas Meienberger
Nicolas MeienbergerPublié le 12 Août 2020

The Bâtiment des Forces Motrices (BFM) is a concert hall atypical to this industrial atmosphere. Situated on the Rhone, this magnificent building was first designed for industrial purposes but is now a must-visit cultural venue.

Built in 1886, the BFM is located close to the Pont de l'Ile. It was originally designed to supply the fountains, homes and factories of the city with water from the Rhone.
Its architecture is inspired by both the classical and the industrial with the building facades of concrete and stone seeming to “swim” on the river.
This is one of the most beautiful historical buildings in Geneva, especially in the evenings when it is illuminated.
After being doomed to abandonment, the BFM was listed as a historical monument in 1988. It now serves as a parallel events venue for the programming of the Grand Théâtre.

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