International Conference Centre Geneva - CICG

Renovation, furnishing conception, construction of a restaurant

Geneva

2005 - 2006

International Conference Centre Geneva - CICG

The International Conference Centre Geneva is a collection of modular conference halls, the largest of its kind in Geneva and one of the most important in Europe.
The CICG was built between 1968 and 1973 by André and François Gaillard, in association with Alberto Camezind, and is of high architectural quality. The objective is to confer on the existing building a contemporary touch while highlighting its intrinsic characteristics with carefully balanced chromatic choices : gold, metal and red. These choices reinforce the unitary appearance of the building while limiting the number of elements to a strict minimum.

Geneva plays host to the world : the purpose of the Centre is to host events pertaining to the global arena. The interior of the conference halls is designed in such a way that one wall of each room offers a new perspective on the world : an imaginary world map in which the geographical location of each country has been modified. As if Senegal was next to Cuba, Korea next to Uruguay, Spain next to Canada… The international aspect of the site is reinforced by putting forward such relations between countries. This map is replicated on a wall of each conference hall, as well as in the entrance hall and in the Léman bar, open to the public. The imaginary world of the CICG thus echoes the centre’s mission and demonstrates that architecture can communicate with the general public.

group8, International Conference Centre Geneva - CICG, Geneva, 2005 - 2006

Program

Renovation, furnishing conception, construction of a restaurant

Client

Foundation for Buildings for International Organisations (FIPOI)

Commission type

Commission

Photo credits

©Dgbp David Gagnebin-de Bons & Benoît Pointet