Cantonal Museum of Fine Arts, Lausanne
Barozzi Veiga 

Cantonal Museum of Fine Arts, Lausanne

Barozzi Veiga 


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.


Obra Work

Museo de Bellas Artes de Lausana Fine Arts Museum of Lausanne (Switzerland).

Arquitectos Architects

Barozzi Veiga / Fabrizio Barozzi, Alberto Veiga (socios partners); Pieter Janssens (jefe de proyecto project leader); Claire Afarian, Alicia Borchardt, Paola Calcavecchia, Marta Grzadziel, Isabel Labrador, Miguel Pereira Vinagre, Cristina Porta, Laura Rodriguez, Arnau Sastre, Maria Ubach, Cecilia Vielba, Nelly Vitiello (equipo team).

Colaboradores Collaborators

Fruehauf Henry & Viladoms (arquitecto local architect of record); Pragma Partenaires (project manager); Ingeni (estructuras structure); Chammartin&Spicher, Scherler, BA Consluting (servicios services engineers); X-made SLP (fachada facade); Matí (iluminación lighting); Bogner (museología museology).

Cliente Client

Canton of Vaud.

Fotos Photos

Simon Menges; Dominik Gehl.