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Museum of Ethnography

Geneva, Switzerland
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Museum of Ethnography

Situated in the middle of Geneva's gallery and arts district, Quartier des Bains, Geneva's Museum of Ethnography (MEG) reopened in 2014 after a long awaited expansion. Designed by Swiss architects Graber + Pulver, the majority of the addition is underground, providing two new levels of galleries. The real treat, however, is the aboveground library and café built in angular cast concrete. The new addition alludes to the neighborhood's watch and jewelry making past with brass-toned aluminum panels on the building's exterior that form a diamond pattern, not unlike an elegant Swiss timepiece. Graber + Pulver followed this pattern to also include diamond-shaped skylights that cast jewels of light across the library throughout the day. The aluminum panels wrap up and over the building's walls and roof, eventually folding into the underside of the cafe ceiling.

The museum's collection includes over 40,000 objects and works of art dedicated to cultural history, most of which were donated by diplomats, missionaries returning from far-flung assignments, and local business leaders and bankers with foreign offices. This has lead to a diverse and rich collection, now reinstalled in a world-class setting.

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