Jet d'Eau Mobile Walkway

PrizeWinner in Landscape Architecture / Public, Winner in Architectural Design / Other Architecture
Firm LocationGenève, Switzerland
Design TeamGabriele Guscetti Etienne Bouleau Jérôme Pochat
ClientHAU Geneva

Like a ribbon that gradually unfurls across
the water, the new walkway is a fluid area
that invites you to stroll and wander around
the foot of the most emblematic monument in
Geneva: the Jet d'Eau. The watchword for
this project was accessibility for all:
boats, yachtsmen, walkers, tourists and
people with reduced mobility. Everybody is
welcome to this new public space that
imposes itself as a bold gesture, but seems
only natural.
The new mobile walkway of Geneva’s Jet d’Eau
is a unique masterpiece of engineering,
which required high software skills and
intense detailing innovation. Spanning over
12 m long and rising more than 2 m high to
allow boat passing, the deck transforms
itself into a 10 steps stair, so as not to
interrupt people walk. A total capacity of
80 tons is needed in the pistons to push up
the 15 tons of structure, including 30 pairs
of scissors made of duplex stainless steel.