Lausanne, Switzerland – ‘a new center for an old city’, W.Vetter
The plan was initiated for a town population of 120,000. The development is composed on the grid-foundational layout of an extended civic public open space, which, punctuated by connective, organized, and partially organic green forms, offers a variety of cultural and entertaining facilities. The challenge of the particular plan was the preservation of the existing warehouses that lied twelve meters below the level of the surrounding streets. The new plan keeps this morphological characteristic, but puts a roof over the warehouses with a platform on which stand: a new twenty-storey town hall; an arts center with a concert hall, museum and library; a commercial center with cafe’s, shops and theater at and below street level, surmounted by ten-storey office buildings.
For use of this work , reference: Leontiadis, Stefanie (2015) The Architecture of Public Open Urban Spaces: Syntax and Representation. Saarbrücken: Edizioni Accademiche Italiane .