Barozzi Veiga, Cantonal Museum of Fine Arts in Lausanne (Switzerland)
Photos: Simon Menges
The practice established in Barcelona in 2004 by Fabrizio Barozzi (Rovereto, Italy, 1976) and Alberto Veiga (Santiago de Compostela, 1973) has completed the Musée Cantonal des Beaux-Arts in Lausanne, in the Swiss canton of Vaud, and is set to officially open early in October. It is the largest of three museums planned to surround a square in an old railway zone currently in disuse, creating the center of a new cultural district in the heart of the city.
Two gray brick facades of the three-story MCBA evoke the zone’s industrial past. The south-facing one is opaque, and the north one is permeable, engaging in dialogue with the new square. The geometrically rigorous, longitudinal monolith preserves the far-end of a preexisting shed, highlighting the presence of an arched window to maintain a symbolic relationship with the history of the place.
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