Its unconventional aesthetic is sure to astonish you. The curves, materials and colours will take you to the world of the Smurfs.
The Smurfs in Geneva
Although a bit out of the way, it is worth going to Les Grottes neighbourhood. The "Schtroumpfs" (Smurfs in French) building will leave you flabbergasted with its unusual style. This flamboyant block of flats, built between 1982 and 1984, brings to mind the designs of Antonio Gaudí. Its unexpected shapes and colours will surely be a pleasant surprise; everyone has something to say about the building on Rue Louis Favre, a five minute walk from the Cornavin station. It was designed by three architects who wanted to create an entirely original ensemble, standing out from the conventional city buildings. With this purpose they used mosaic, wrought iron railings, mouldings, chrome... so that all the materials create a unique composition in this urban sculpture full of eccentric curves. When looking at the strange knots in the design, the variety of colours and the shape of columns, you will be reminded of the small mushroom village in which the cartoon Smurfs lived.