Giger-Bar which, today, exists in the Swiss city of Chur, was originally
planned for New York City. When it became apparent that the budget for
the bar envisioned for New York was not going to be enough to allow for
the design and construction of the elements which had been planned for
it, Giger decided it would be wiser to wait until it could be financed
Fortunately, Thomas Domenig came into Giger's life at about the same
time. In his youth, Giger had attended high-school with his wife.
Domenig is the number-one architect of Chur. He built about a third of
the city. There were plans for a café in his Kalchbuhl-Center, which
was already under construction, and Giger had, evidently, shown up at
just the right moment. He was able to convince Domenig to change his
plans and back the idea of a bar.
The furniture program for the Giger-Bar was significantly expanded by
the new designs for a chair, a glass topped table and the bar itself.
The establishment's door is that of Giger's armoire design, enlarged by
one third. The oval mirrors, the wall lamps and the special coat racks
were also designed by Giger and carried out with the aid of Giger's most
important team of technical experts, de Fries, Schedler, Ammann,
Vaterlaus, Gruber and Brigitte von Kanel.
Construction took, approximately, two years. The bar's official opening
was on February 8, 1992, three days after Giger's birthday.
It is Giger's hope that, one day, a Giger-Bar can still be realized in
New York City, his favorite amongst all the cities of the world.
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