Batiment des Forces Motrices

The Batiment des Forces Motrices is located in Geneva, Switzerland and it was at its origins a hydraulic factory. The construction started in 1883 and it functioned as a waterworks on the Rhone river. It supplied the city with water and electricity for almost a century. It has been abandoned in 1960 as the major Genovese industries had moved to the periphery of the city. Not until 28 years latter it was declared historic monument being a symbol of Suisse culture of national importance. There was built a new grand hall for concerts and spectacles. The hall was named Theodore Turrettini after the engineer that started the original building. The interior of the building has a huge space being supported by a methalic frame. The hall for spectacles has a capacity of almost 1000 places and it is entirely made of wood.The Batiment des Forces Motrice or BFM by the acronyms is now used for festivities or cultural event.

Batiment des Forces Motrices

If you want to go and visit the Batiment des Forces Motrice you will find it on Place des Volontaires 2, 1204, Geneva. There are all kind of concerts that take place at BFM. The tickets can be found on the organizers’ site or over the counter of the BFM, one hour before the concert begins. You will be able to see the concerts that are scheduled on the official site of Batiment des Forces Motrice at www.bfm.ch/programme.

The BFM also has a reception room that can be used for different events’ receptions such as weddings or expositions.

You will still be able to see the industrial architecture of the 19th century even it has been transformed into a cultural and artistic place as the ancient hydraulic machines were well conserved. The Batiment des Forces Motrice represents now a fusion of industrial Suisse architecture and fine art. Bouth the interior as the the exterior of the monument are fascinating for the visitors

Visiting the batiment des Forces Motrice is a great opportunity to learn about Suisse industry architecture and enjoy a cultural event the same time. You will definitely not regret your choise.

 

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