School Belvédère, Switzerland

“What would be the great temple of the Parthenon,
without the Acropolis to act as its plinth …”

The old school complex from the fifties in the area of Montbenon in Lausanne needed a sizeable addition to house new generations of pupils. The steeply sloping site was excavated to accommodate part of the extensive programme, stacking its functions along the street in different levels, thus leaving open the views from the old school towards Lac Leman.

Trying to reinterpret the language of the typical stone, concrete and render facades of the era, the new school assembles stone and concrete elements in a lively but very strict facade. On the roof a lush play garden was conceived with a beautiful view over the lakescape.

Location: Lausanne, Switzerland
Status: Competition
Gross Internal Area: 5050 m2
Materials: Concrete, Limestone & Glass
Consultant: Architecte Linus Godet
Images: Kolman Boye Architects