Cité de la Musique: Bringing music to the Garden of Nations
The Cité de la Musique is a large performing arts complex that will occupy the north side of the Place des Nations, at the heart of the international quarter. The building will include the following facilities:
- A 1750-seat symphony hall with capacity for a full philharmonic orchestra and large choirs
- Two smaller concert halls, including a 550-seat performance space for the Haute école de musique – HEM Genève (Geneva Conservatory of Music) and a "black box" dedicated to experimental music
- Classrooms and facilities for the 500 students and teachers of HEM Genève
- A library and media centre open to students, musicians and the general public
- A cafeteria and two rooftop restaurants with views of the city and the Alps
The Cité de la Musique will also host the offices of the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande (OSR) and the HEM Genève.
In 2017, following an international architecture competition which attracted 17 submissions, the Fondation pour la Cité de la Musique de Genève (FCMG) awarded the commission to Pierre-Alain Dupraz and Gonçalos Byrne, two architects based in Geneva and Lisbon respectively. The project is privately financed, with most of the funding coming from a single individual donor.