Geneva Cornavin Station
Disentangling a traffic hub
With 120 000 passengers every day, Geneva's Cornavin station is one of the largest railway stations in Switzerland. Swiss Railways (SBB) commissioned the GECOR consortium under the architectural leadership of IttenBrechbühl with the refurbishment of the building which dates back to 1931.
The buildings and arcades intended for passengers were converted in order to give the station an overall organisation structure which travellers can immediately grasp. The opportunity was taken to restructure all activities such as customer service, shopping space and offices as well as passenger flows, and to bring them up to the «major station» standards of Swiss Railways.
A further objective was to redefine the main traffic axes leading from the inner city.
|Contact person||Robin Kirschke|
|Client||Swiss Federal Railways SBB Real Estate|
|Architects||Itten+Brechbühl AG / GWJARCHITEKTUR AG|
|Project management||Tekhne Management SA|
|Competition||1st Prize 2004|
|Start of construction||2010|
|Start of operation||2014|
|Floor area||24 600 m2|
|Construction volume||70 000 m3|
|Photos||Vincent Jendly, Lausanne|