Area: 14.400 m2
Client: DGIP - Direction Générale des Immeubles et du Patrimoine
Architecture: Aires Mateus & Associados, Lda
The building integrating the new arts district project (Plateforme 10) in Lausanne houses the Elysée Museum and the Museum of Design and Contemporary Applied Arts (mudac).
Above ground, the building comprises a central and an annex volume, the latter being built around the former. Two underground levels are aligned with the central volume. In strict cooperation with the architecture team, fair-faced concrete is used throughout the project: grey concrete for the annex building and white concrete for the central building.
The most remarkable feature of the building is the central cube-shaped volume that emerges from the ground level. The MUDAC, dedicated to design, where natural light is welcomed, is housed at the upper volume of the cube at the first floor. The ELYSÉE, dedicated to photography where light shall be strictly controlled and artificial, is located at the basement. The ground floor is destined for services common to the two museums, like the library, cafeteria and ticket office. The annex building around the central volume houses the offices, workshop areas, deliveries and an auditorium. Additionally, this building extends further beyond the area around the central volume to include the complementary programme, the art info area and a restaurant.
"The ceiling is the floor of the Museum of Design and Contemporary Art (MUDAC), the floor is the roof of the Museum of the Elysée of Photography" - Aires Mateus
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