Schtroumph Buildings

Schtroumph Buildings, Geneva: Address, Schtroumph Buildings Reviews: 3.5/5

Schtroumph Buildings
3.5
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These oddly colorful buildings were named for the Smurfs cartoon characters.
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  • Geneve • 6 min walk
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Supersupergirl
England, UK8 539 contributions
Mind blowing place
Oct 2019
Les Schtroumpfs is a must visit in Switzerland because the architecture is mind blowing.
It is known as the town of smurfs!
When I was there, I felt like I was in a dystopian place but people actually live there!
Written 23 September 2020
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nick w
London, UK898 contributions
Interesting Architecture
Oct 2019
This housing complex and theatre in Les Grottes is worth a visit to look at the architecture. I am not sure they managed to quite pull-off the design, there are places that look like they haven't really been functionally thought through. However, overall an interesting architectual experiment which will get you thinking and talking.
Written 3 November 2019
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Konto P
9 contributions
An affordable/low-income housing complex unlike any other. A hidden world.
Nov 2017 • Solo
I spent my childhood in Geneva and went to the primary school connected to this residential complex (Ecole des grottes).

When school was over, kids would walk out and stream into the Schtroumph area, entering their respective homes like little smurfs. I remember being so enchanted by the area, and when I would play at my friends house and see the lovely, spacious interiors I was so jealous!

As an adult today returning as a tourist, I really appreciate the fact that these are (Or at least were when I was a kid) low-income housing units. Compared to the ones from my home-town in New York which look like prisons, these look like a labor of...creativity, humanity, if not love.

They are a relic to the once-vibrant counter-culture in Geneva. As a kid in the 90's I remember squats and anarchist symbols strewn in the surroundes area of Les Grottes. And in fact, "Les Schtroumph" were built as a result of a serious fight between a mix of political refugees and squatters in the late 70's, who fought the planned demolition of most buildings in the area until the city gave in and decided to renovate and maintain the neighborhood.
Written 7 September 2018
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Alicehelena1208
United Kingdom328 contributions
Hidden gem
Mar 2018 • Friends
We stumbled across this whilst lost but it was a great find. The inspiration of the buildings looks to have a Gaudi influence and lots of bright colours. It was definitely an interesting find.
Written 19 March 2018
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Nicholas & Sarah
St. Petersburg, FL177 contributions
Fun to walk around
Apr 2017 • Couples
This architecture is so interesting to see and to walk through. Such a fun way for building and design
Written 16 September 2017
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staylonger
Sausalito, CA287 contributions
Fun Gaudi-like Architecture
May 2017 • Couples
We stumbled upon these buildings in our search for a restaurant. We ended up eating right across the street. Lots of fun to look at. Since we didn't know how much of a landmark this was we marveled a the cool decks, took pics and moved on. A lot of the architecture of Geneva is fairly plain, so this was really a delight.
Written 28 May 2017
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Paulina_Bali
Aigues-Mortes, France597 contributions
Fun
May 2017 • Solo
It is kinda a fun building hidden in middle of Geneva. I am not sure why it's called Schtroumph building but it's worth to have a look at.
Written 7 May 2017
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Agm Globe
Lancy20 contributions
Very interesting and with the visit
Sep 2016 • Solo
Its very unique and worth the visit.
You need at least 30 min to fully grasp the size of the place.
Would visit again
Written 14 September 2016
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Bohnjarton
York, GB195 contributions
Worth a visit
Jul 2016 • Friends
We stayed in Geneva for a couple of days and saw that we were only a short distance from the Grottes district and the Smurf buildings. As a frequent visitor to Barcelona, I thoroughly enjoyed my visit to these Gaudi inspired public housing. Don't just look from the outside, but go into the complex. The staircases, balconies and many more things were very interesting.
Written 5 August 2016
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genevatopreviewer
Geneva, Switzerland1 790 contributions
Architectural eyesore
Mar 2016 • Solo
How on earth did they get the go ahead to build this monstrosity is anyone's guess... absolutely zero architectural interest and a curse places on the neighbours as values must have plummeted hard after this awful building was built.
Written 2 June 2016
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