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.
Museo de Bellas Artes de Lausana Fine Arts Museum of Lausanne (Switzerland).
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).
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).
Canton of Vaud.
Simon Menges; Dominik Gehl.