In brief

2019: Opening of the new museum

Currently closed, the Musée cantonal des Beaux-Arts de Lausanne is leaving the Palais de Rumine for a made-to-measure building a stone's throw from the station, on the site of a future arts neighbourhood

Things were cramped in the old mcb-a quarters, but the architects of EBV – Estudio Barozzi/Veiga – have come up with a building perfectly adapted to the expectations of today's museum-goers and providing optimal conservation conditions for the artworks. With its exhibition space almost tripled, the mcb-a can at last offer local, national and international visitors a permanent presentation of its collection, in addition to temporary exhibitions.

A remarkable site right in the city

A stone's throw from Lausanne station, the future museum remains in the heart of the city, complete with access via public transport and regional and international connections. The site is destined to become a focal point for cultural life in Lausanne. The PLATFORM 10 project will ultimately host three museums: firstly the mcb-a, followed by the Musée de l’Elysée (the canton's photography museum) and mudac (the Museum of Contemporary Design and Applied Arts), both scheduled for completion by 2021.

New visitor services

The new building is also designed to offer mcb-a visitors facilities including a restaurant, a bookshop/boutique, an auditorium and a library. The design involves the opening-up of a new public space, creating fresh urban perspectives and a user-friendly arts neighbourhood with free access for all.