The British consul Barton – a sailing enthusiast, music lover and subject of the Queen – built the Victoria Hall after loosing a bet against the bandmaster Louis Bonade. Had he won, the splendid hall, the majestic entrance, the rococo décor and the intimidating ceilings, the architectural charisma and rich acoustics would never have emerged between the Grand Theatre and the Conservatory, in 1894. And such artists as Nathalie Dessay, Lang Lang, Monserrat Caballe, Anna Netrebko, or Patti Smith (as well as the night watchman apparently) would never have performed there. The heart of classical music beats deep within these walls... And if we're to take a bet, we say it'll last for a long time still.
Rue du Général-Dufour 14
TPG 15, 1, 2, 19, 32
Parking Uni-Dufour (Rue Général-Dufour)
Sometimes, it's worth remembering a name. Like Gustave Revilliod's for example, a collector and patron who donated his own personal museum – built in 1884 in a beautiful park – to the City of Geneva. And the awe-inspiring building, with its opulent architecture, its intimidating hall and its starry vault, was opened to the public to the amazement of the Geneva inhabitants. The museum is now specialized in ceramics and houses twelve centuries of the delicate art form – the fire arts – from all over the world.
Avenue de la Paix 10
TPG 8, 28, F, V, Z
Parking Place des Nations (Rue de Varembé)
Pointe de la Jonction / Dépôt TPG
Geneva's a happening place! In 2016, the TPG depot at the Jonction should be transferred to the "En Chardon" site (in the "Batailles" industrial area), as a logical extension to the airport's landing strips. Although the former headquarters of the CGTE and TPG should welcome artistic and scientific projects in the long-term, the Jonction site is currently a maze of rails and concrete that spreads over 20,000 square metres. And Antigel will once again demonstrate a talent for turning concrete into gold by revealing the fascinating power of the urban site through original artistic performances.
Av. de la Jonction 17
1211 Genève 8
TPG 14, 4, D
Made in Antigel / Musique / Dance / Performance
Eleanor Bauer, Laurence Yadi, Nicolas Cantillon-Compagnie 7273, Le Marchepied-Corinne Rochet & Nicholas Pettit, Pauline Raineri, Niels Plotard, Steve Buchanan, Pierre Omer, Sacha Love, Robin Girod & Dunja Stanic, Jacques Demierre, Thô Anothaï & cie, ...
Su 27th January – 1 pm to 6 pm (tour starts every 30 minutes)
The mathematician Charles Sturm – whose theorem concerns the determination of the number and the localization of the real roots of a polynomial equation included between given limits – deserved to have his own name given to a square in his native city for having racked his brains so much! Above all though, the Sturm Square is a symbol of what might be, as its fate remains hesitant: A place for a great wheel or a pavilion? A future sports centre or a museum? Nowadays, the vacant lot's potential still whets the appetite of many an urban planner who, like Sturm, enjoys racking his brains!
Rue Charles Sturm
TPG 1, 5, 8, 25
Parking Saint-Antoine (Boulevard Emile Jaques-Dalcroze 10)
Patinoire des Vernets
The temple of ice hockey broke the ice with Geneva in 1959, before welcoming the Geneva-Servette Hockey club. And when its stands are not seething with 7,000 burgundy and grey club flags, the biggest ice rink in Switzerland once again becomes a huge playground for the public. With its impressive and prestigious slanted roof and its vessel-like stands, the ice rink takes on an air of invincibility that gives wings to the Geneva Eagles.
Rue Hans-Wilsdorf 4
1227 Les Acacias
Parking Centre Sportif des Vernets (Rue Hans-Wilsdorf)