The Future Museum at PLATEFORME 10

By the Fall of 2021, the City of Lausanne and the Canton of Vaud will see three of their flagship cultural institutions brought together on a single site. The Cantonal Museum of Fine Arts, the Museum of Design and Contemporary Applied Arts (mudac) and the Musée de l’Elysée will be housed just a few yards from the station in the former CFF locomotive hangars. The PLATEFORME 10 project, of a scope unprecedented in Switzerland and sponsored by the Canton of Vaud, City of Lausanne and the CFF, aims to put Lausanne on the map as an innovative city of culture.

The architectural project

On October 5, 2015, the architects Aires Mateus were selected to design the Musée de l'Elysée of the future.

With its strong and direct architecture, the project "One Museum, Two Museums" project meets the requirements of the open call. In a single volume, it brings together in a synthetic way the duality and complementarity of the two museums distributed on either side of the luminous opening marking the common entrance. This horizontal space crosses the volume emerging at the bottom of the esplanade and spectacularly acts as a call for the visitor or traveller. The iconic quality of the building is not just a visual signal.

The concern to respect the functionality and quality of the spaces as a priority is clearly displayed. The welcome area is part of the extension of the public space whose location will therefore be specified, between the Cantonal Museum of Fine Arts and this new building. A real forum opens on its four sides, this entrance hall will bring together all the common areas: ticketing, bookstore, shop and cafeteria.

The landscape treatment for the floor and ceiling will give this space a unique and warm connotation. A staircase leading to the mudac and another to the Musée de l'Elysée will clearly indicate the choice offered to visitors. The two exhibition spaces will make it possible to double the surfaces currently available to each of the museums in their historical site. The same size for both institutions, they will offer generous, flexible and modular spaces, and will allow the presentation of the collections and the scenography of temporary exhibitions to be deployed in a flexible way. The underground storage spaces and technical services will ensure optimal conservation of the collections, while the collaborators' areas will surround, to the north and west, the central building, itself entirely dedicated to the public.


October 2021
Reopening of the Musée de l'Elysée at PLATEFORME 10

Fall of 2020
The Musée de l'Elysée closes temporarily

May 29, 2019
Free admission to the Musée de l'Elysée and beginning of the work on the collections in preparation for the move

October 5, 2018
The foundation stone for the Musée de l'Elysée and the mudac is laid