Comédie de Genève

In the Eaux-Vives district, this building will be a place for cultural exchange dedicated to contemporary theatre. It is part of the overall Minergie® project plan of nearly zero energy buildings led by the City of Geneva.

Information Sheet

New Build Comédie de Genève

LocationGeneva, Switzerland.

Project Cost90 million CHF (approx. 83 million € according to the opening year's conversion rate).

Time FrameCompetition: 2009. Design: 2012-2014. Construction: 2015-2019. Opening: 2020.

OwnerCity of Geneva.

Architect(s)FRES Architectes, Paris-Geneva

Theatre Planner(s)Michel Fayet, Changement à vue, France

Seat CountTwo auditoriums: a 500-seat proscenium stage and a 300-seat “black box”. Two rehearsal rooms, workshops for set construction and costumes, administration offices and public spaces: ticket desk, restaurant, bookstore, and lobby. Total area 16 100 m².

UsesContemporary creation in drama theatre.

ServicesFull design contract, including basic design to construction.

TeamYann Jurkiewicz, Eckhard Kahle, Kahle Acoustics.

1/5Comédie de GenèveThe 500-seat proscenium stage. The expanded metal cladding on the walls and ceiling is transparent to sound and hides optimized acoustic reflection surfaces that help and project the natural voice. Photo © Kahle Acoustics
2/5Comédie de GenèveThe 500-seat proscenium stage. Between the stage tower and the hall, the side technical galleries and the proscenium grill (in black on the picture) enable an acoustically very active "intermediate zone" for sound projection. Photo © Kahle Acoustics
3/5Comédie de GenèveThe 300-seat “black box” or multifunctional hall. Photo © Kahle Acoustics
4/5Comédie de GenèveSide-walls acoustic reflectors of the 300-seat “black box”, or multifunctional hall. An openwork complex made of fibre-reinforced concrete and perforated metal allows for visual uniformity of the various acoustic functions (diffuse reflection or absorption depending on the zone) and technical functions (Halfen mounting channels, very low speed HVAC air blowing, architectural lighting). Photo © Kahle Acoustics
5/5Comédie de GenèveThe Nouvelle Comédie, contemporary drama theatre. Photo © Kahle Acoustics