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Industrial heritage between land and water

The old waterworks tucked into the entrance of the Arve river bend, the Vessy site is home to numerous historic pieces including a hydraulic construction with a dam and sluice gates, pressure pumps for drinking water, a turbine group alternator and a diesel engine.

The Arve Water Company was taken over by SIG in 1988 and stopped all activity in the 1990s. The beauty of the natural site, the buildings, the works of art and the machine park inspired SIG to renovate it. In 2007, a hydroelectric microcentre was built in the old waterworks. It produces 1.7 GWh of certified Naturemade Star electricity per year.

The Vessy development and microcentre are living proof of an ecological way of working – in line with nature of the river.

Les Berges de Vessy

The association “Les Berges de Vessy” was created in January 2010 to restore and promote the Vessy site. Its founding members were Fondation Braillard Architectes, H2O Energies, Patrimoine Suisse Genève, Pro Natura Genève, SIG and Terragir Energie Solidaire.

Read more about Les Berges de Vessy


La Maison du Futur

The ‘house of the future’ is a new building at the Berges de Vessy site which allows the association to run a diverse programme of activities such as temporary exhibitions, educational workshops, visits or conferences.

More about ‘La Maison du Futur’

Guided Visits at Les Berges de Vessy