Vidy Theater
©Ville de Lausanne/Matthieu Gafsou

VIDY THEATRE, RENOVATION AND EXTENSION, LAUSANNE

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Designed by Max Bill in 1964 for the National Exhibition, the theatre was initially intended for just six months of use. Its acquisition by the City of Lausanne, under the leadership of director Charles Apothéloz, and the continuation of its theatre activities have made it possible to conserve part of the large pavilion. Several successive teams have made Vidy an international reference, a major contribution to the cultural influence of Lausanne.

photo_credit ©Ville de Lausanne/Matthieu Gafsou
©Ville de Lausanne/Matthieu Gafsou
photo_credit ©Ville de Lausanne/Matthieu Gafsou
©Ville de Lausanne/Matthieu Gafsou
photo_credit ©Ville de Lausanne/Matthieu Gafsou
©Ville de Lausanne/Matthieu Gafsou
photo_credit ©Ville de Lausanne/Matthieu Gafsou
©Ville de Lausanne/Matthieu Gafsou

The production equipment (hall, stage, boxes, workshops) was obsolete and completely out of sync with the work being done, requiring the renovation and placement in compliance of the entire building. The volume of the large hall was increased, while a new rehearsal hall, built on the site of the former Cour des Arts, brought to an end the divisions that followed Expo 64.

photo_credit ©Ville de Lausanne/Matthieu Gafsou
©Ville de Lausanne/Matthieu Gafsou
photo_credit ©Ville de Lausanne/Matthieu Gafsou
©Ville de Lausanne/Matthieu Gafsou
photo_credit ©Ville de Lausanne/Matthieu Gafsou
©Ville de Lausanne/Matthieu Gafsou
photo_credit ©Ville de Lausanne/Matthieu Gafsou
©Ville de Lausanne/Matthieu Gafsou
photo_credit ©Ville de Lausanne/Matthieu Gafsou
©Ville de Lausanne/Matthieu Gafsou

Every intervention was studied in detail together with a cultural heritage commission, for instance the mouldings of the renovated façades in stainless steel, which contrast with the surrounding nature, as they did originally. To the north, where the “The Art of the Garden” exhibition was held in 1964, the park welcomes the public at the theatre’s entrance, forming a large green square in dialogue with the recent wooden pavilion by Yves Weinand and the foliage of the trees.

photo_credit ©Ville de Lausanne/Matthieu Gafsou
©Ville de Lausanne/Matthieu Gafsou
photo_credit ©Ville de Lausanne/Matthieu Gafsou
©Ville de Lausanne/Matthieu Gafsou
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