Plateforme 10: in Lausanne, 25 thousand square meters dedicated to culture

Culture and collaboration are the protagonists of the new district which will soon be inaugurated in Lausanne, Plateforme 10

Inside, three institutions from the Swiss city will meet, the Musée cantonal des Beaux-arts (MCBA, with a permanent collection of more than 10,000 works, from ancient to contemporary, passing through the modern, it was inaugurated in 2019 near the Lausanne station with a project by EVB Estudio Barozzi Veiga), which will be reached by Mudac (Museum of Contemporary Design and Applied Arts, dedicated to design of objects and jewels, graphics, ceramic and glass art) and Photo Elysée (dedicated to the history and results of photography, from its origins to today), in a new building by Manuel Aires Mateus, thus giving life to a real art district near the city’s train station – as the name suggests, right in the center.


MCBA, EVB Estudio Barozzi Veiga – Courtesy Il Giornale dell’Architettura


In this eclectic dialogue between the arts, the Fondation Fèlix Vallotton, dedicated to researching the artist’s life and promoting his production, and the Fondation Toms Pauli, whose mission is the preservation of the textile heritage of the canton of Vaud.

The goal of this project is to go beyond the institutional aspects of the three different museum entities present, in favor of an ever broader and more varied vision of art, the use of which, which has always been a fundamental aspect for Lausanne, takes an innovative path.


Rendering, © Aires Mateus e Associados – Courtesy Domus


The structure aims to be one of the largest in the Canton and in the nation in general, with a strong power of attraction for the Swiss and European public, thanks to the combination of the display of permanent collections and the organization of temporary exhibitions.

Thanks to the support of the City and the Swiss Federal Railways, the space of Plateforme 10, previously inaccessible, will now be an integral part of Lausanne, open and accessible to all, thus classifying itself as a cultural center, accompanied by events and activities, guaranteeing a rich program and varied.


© Aires Mateus e Associados – Courtesy Designboom