The Pavillon Sicli in Geneva Comes Out of Its Shell

Yvan Delemontey
Delemontey, Yvan. 2019. “The Pavillon Sicli in Geneva Comes Out of Its Shell.” World Architecture/Shijie Jianzhu 348 (6): 114-117
ISSN 1002-4832

“The story of the Pavillon Sicli in Geneva is surely one of the most interesting of the recent rehabilitations of industrial buildings in Switzerland. […] Having served as a factory for 40 years, the building was decommissioned and then purchased in 2011 by the Canton of Geneva with an idea to transform it into a new cultural facility devoted to architecture, urban planning and design. […] The works are part of a project developed by the architectural firm a-architects, in consultation with the Laboratory for the Techniques and Preservation of Modern Architecture (TSAM) at the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), which was tasked with preparing a heritage study of the building. The project aims to put in place simple, cost-effective alternatives to current practices which all too often have negative impacts for existing buildings.”

Image: WA_ The shell after removal of the formwork (Sources: Archives SICLI Matériel incendie SA,