MUDAC - musée de design et d'arts appliqués contemporains

PLATEFORME 10 – future museum

In 2022, mudac will move into the new PLATEFORME 10 arts complex, which is currently under construction near the Lausanne train station. The 25,000 m² complex will be devoted entirely to the arts and house three well-known local museums — Musée cantonal des Beaux-Arts (MCBA), Musée de l’Élysée (MEL) and mudac — as well as the Toms Pauli and Félix Vallotton Foundations.


PLATEFORME 10 is already starting to take shape with the opening of the MCBA in October 2019. Construction work on the building that will hold mudac and MEL began in June 2018 and will be completed in 2021. The complex – designed by Portuguese architects Francisco and Manuel Aires Mateus – is characterised by a broad horizontal groove that separates mudac on the upper  evel from MEL, which forms the base of the building. The exhibition spaces have been designed to let in abundant natural light and can be segmented and configured as necessary to best showcase the artwork on display. The idea is to provide the museums with a versatile instrument they can use to carry out their mission: not just showcase works of art, but also invite the public to explore how the artists’ interpretations reflect the transformation of modern society.

The complex also includes a large bay window with a magnificent view of Lake Geneva and the Alps. At PLATEFORME 10, the mudac collection will finally be displayed in a spacious setting. Visitors will be able to fully appreciate our rich collection of modern glass art – one of the largest in Europe. Our selections of contemporary jewellery, ceramics, design works and prints will be shown in turn as part of our permanent exhibition. We are also stepping up our print output with two or three publications a year, alongside our annual design magazine, RADDAR. Through the new PLATEFORME 10 arts complex, mudac is proud to be part of this exciting initiative that beings together three visual-art museums. The goal is to pool our resources so that we can carry out large-scale projects involving sizable works, and to develop on-site exhibits. The future for our museum in this new building is wide open – both literally and figuratively. Attractive, engaging, attentive to changes in the times and fully accessible to all, PLATEFORME 10 will allow us to address key issues in contemporary art and design, and therefore help shape thinking about the changes taking place in modern lifestyles.


Significant progress was made on the construction of the new mudac and MEL building in 2019 through the completion of major digging work and the two lower levels. Construction will continue over the next two years, and the site is scheduled to be finished in October 2021.

mudac will celebrate its 20th anniversary in 2020 with a commemorative event, which will be open to the public. It will be the first of 20 events marking the countdown to mudac’s grand opening at PLATEFORME 10 in 2022. You can track progress of the construction work and view 3D images of the new complex at 2022, the mudac will be part of a new art district, just a few steps from the station in the centre of Lausanne. Plateform10  is bringing together in a single location three well-known cultural institutions: the Cantonal Museum of Fine Art (mcb-a), the Musée de l’Elysée and the mudac, as well as the foundations Toms Pauli and Félix Vallotton. It will create a unique space entirely devoted to culture on the site of the former locomotive sheds in Lausanne.