Architectural projects

MCBA Lausanne, Switzerland

The Cantonal Museum of Fine Arts in Lausanne (MCBA) has been relocated in the very centre of PLATEFORME 10 - Lausanne's new cultural district, an urban makeover devoted to the arts in a restructured space. Three cultural institutions are brought together in this area: the MCBA, the Musée de l'Elysée (Museum of Photography) and the mudac (Museum of Contemporary Design and Applied Arts).

Opened in 1841, the MCBA is one of the oldest museums in Switzerland dedicated exclusively to art and it holds a very rich collection of paintings, drawings and sculptures of Swiss and especially Vaudois artists from the 18th century to nowadays.

Its new building boasts three times the space of the old one, with rooms designated to the exhibition of a permanent collection of more than 10,000 works, and an area of 1300 sqm for temporary exhibitions. The building is the work of Barcelona-based architects Fabrizio Barozzi and Alberto Veiga, who have sought to preserve the building’s industrial past as a former locomotive yard by maintaing the monolithic shape of the brick structure.

The main entrance to the museum is a spectacular lobby with a total height of 21 metres. On the ground floor is where all the public spaces are located, and on either side of the main hall the two upper floors containing the museum spaces, the permanent collection to the west and the temporary exhibitions to the east. The building is flooded with natural light thanks to huge lateral glass fronts and openings in the roof.

The museum’s public toilets are fitted with our washbasins Living City, waterless urinals Lema, ceramic urinal dividers Cinto and toilets of the series Moderna, which are harmoniously in line with this stunning architectural building environment.

Location: Lausanne (Switzerland)

Architects: Estudio Barozzi Veiga

Opening: 2019

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