The Parliament of Lausanne, built by Alexandre Perregaux in 1803 was destroyed by a fire in 2002. Its reconstruction presented the opportunity to reassess the criteria that would allow solving both the parliamentary seat and the revitalization of the neighboring buildings. The project proposed an architecture capable of restoring the continuity and atmosphere of the historical city, the synthesis between old and new. From afar, the new Parliament becomes the puzzle piece that completes the historical site of la Colline de la Cité. Its strategic position between the Cathedral, rebuilt by Viollet-le-Duc, and the Saint-Maire Castle provides a setting that rebalances the presence of the religious and military institutions. The three-story-high foyer unites and separates the diverse spaces, it is a place of encounter. Three elements qualify it: the singular staircase; the presence of the historical façade of Maison Charbon, one of the oldest façades of the city; and the new access, crossing it means entering into a particular atmosphere.
Parliament of Canton Vaud
Bonell i Gil Arquitectes
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Authors: Esteve Bonell, Josep Maria Gil, Marc Collomb, Patrick Vogel Team: M. Buquet, A. Bolli, L. Bonell, S. Greisinger, L. Collomb, N. Sabate, R. Parareda, G. Fernandez Project management: P. Jeker Structures: Y. Weinand Restoration: Sinopie Sàrl Vevey