Guided Tours Archive

Bouquet du chantier

Tuesday 28 September 2010, 11:30

Event completed

One year after the laying of the first stone, the bouquet du chantier or “topping out” ceremony marking the end of the main structural work of the Fondation Jan Michalski pour l’écriture et la littérature will be celebrated at a joyous gathering. The unusual architecture of this site that is dedicated to literature can now be seen.

The library and the attached multifunctional auditorium have now been built. They are designed for the production of a large variety of cultural events. In the words of Vera Michalski-Hoffman, “this space is intended to be open, joyous, abreast of global trends and movements through its contribution to cultural development.”

Also nearing completion is the canopy, a sort of woven openwork covering for the whole of the built up area. With a surface area of 4,500 m2, delicately poised on 96 pillars, it is designed as a support for hanging cabins or writers’ residences, as well as those containing the future offices of the Jan Michalski Foundation.

Following the celebration, a visit of the buildings is organized for all the guests invited. Guided by the architect Vincent Mangeat, they are able to climb onto the canopy and admire the panoramic view over Lake Geneva.