new york-based architects bika rebek and award-winner matt choot of sibilasoon studio together with design build practice ADELPHI and engineer stephan hollinger conceptualize geneva’s latest installation — the geneva skyline. in addition to serving as a shading structure during the hot summer months of geneva, it also becomes an amenity for a variety of public uses throughout the year. each barn shape standing on the base of the unit can be individually shifted along the length of the frame, creating a variety of arrangements.

the structures are lightweight and can easily be shifted by one person



sibilasoon’s ‘geneva skyline’ is built using standard construction techniques and prefabricated elements, ensuring an inexpensive and efficient delivery. the shading elements are prearranged off-site and hoisted onto the structure on-site for a quick and easy assembly. moreover, the stretched aluminium metal mesh creates an interplay between sun and shadow through subtle perforation density. 

the ‘geneva skyline’ forms a significant presence on the waterfront



the project provides a unique approach to shading with maximum flexibility and minimum maintenance requirements. the ‘geneva skyline’ does not need to be removed or cleaned during the winter months as it performs all year round as a structure that unifies urban city living with nature.

underneath the canopy on a summer day

sibilasoon’s installation at night 

the structure is lit up at night making it appear like a skyline

exploded axonometric drawing 

preliminary sketch

simple linear structure

a structural diagram showing the wind load on one of the barn shapes
diagram © stephan hollinger



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