MUDAC - musée de design et d'arts appliqués contemporains

PLATEFORME 10 – future museum

NEW! To get an overview of the progress of the new arts district, as well as the various activities initiated by mudac, Musée de l’Elysée and the Cantonal Museum of Fine Arts, discover the interactive timeline provided by PLATEFORME 10.
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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 — the Cantonal Museum of Fine Art (mcb-a), Musée de l’Elysée (MEL) and mudac — as well as the Toms Pauli and Félix Vallotton Foundations.

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.



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.

The complex – designed by Portuguese architects Francisco and Manuel Aires Mateus – is characterised by a broad horizontal groove that separates mudac on the upper level 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.

You can track progress of the construction work and view 3D images of the new complex at


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.

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.

By 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.

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PLATEFORME 10 Foundation

The PLATEFORME 10 Foundation brings together the Musée cantonal des Beaux-Arts, the Musée de l’Elysée and the mudac within a single public law foundation. While preserving the identity of the three museums, this new organization facilitates the governance of the site and strengthens the tourist and cultural positioning of PLATEFORME 10. The PLATEFORME 10 Foundation has been operational since January 1st, 2021. As the governing body of the Foundation, the PLATEFORME 10 Foundation Board is responsible for ensuring the implementation of the Foundation’s strategic objectives and its proper management.

The PLATEFORME 10 Foundation Board is composed as follows:

  • Olivier Audemars, President, Audemars Piguet
  • Ariane Widmer Pham, Vice President, Architect and Urban Planner
  • Marco Franciolli, former Director of the Museo d’Arte della Svizzera italiana, MASI Lugano
  • Hedy Graber, Head of Cultural and Social Affairs, Federation of Migros Cooperatives
  • Vincent Grandjean, State Chancellor
  • Patrick Mangold, Legal Counsel and Labour Law Specialist
  • Nicole Minder, Representative of the State of Vaud, Head of the Cultural Affairs Department
  • Marie Pok, Director of the CID (center for innovation and design), Grand-Hornu, Belgium
  • Alexandra Post Quillet, Independent Administrator and Associate of the Academy of Administrators (ACAD)
  • Agnès Sire, Artistic Director of the Henri Cartier-Bresson Foundation, Paris
  • A guest seat is granted to the City of Lausanne

The Executive Board of PLATEFORME 10 is responsible for implementing the strategic line defined by the Foundation Board. Composed of Chantal Prod’Hom, Director of the mudac, Tatyana Franck, Director of the Musée de l’Elysée and Bernard Fibicher, Director of the MCBA, it is chaired by Patrick Gyger, Managing Director of PLATEFORME 10.