Vaud fine art museum faces stiff opposition

by Malcolm Curtis|The Local, Switzerland|October 2, 2012

The latest project to find a new home for the Vaud cantonal museum of fine art in Lausanne has hit a roadblock.

A total of 18 objections have been filed by property owners and organizations over plans costing around 80 million francs to relocate the museum next to the railway station on the site of former locomotive sheds.

The opposition emerged after a period of consultation ended on Monday.

Barcelona architects Fabrizio Barozzi and Alberto Veiga won a competition last year to design the museum complex, which would also eventually house the Elysée photography and applied arts and design museums.

City and cantonal officials believed there would be little opposition to the complex hailed as a cultural benefit.

“The stumbling blocks are small,” Pascal Broulis, president of the cantonal government, said last month.

But the opposition now puts at risk a timetable that would have seen the cantonal government approve financing next year for the complex, which was to have opened in 2016.

Fourteen individuals and four organizations raised concerns ranging from property compensation to mobility in the neighbourhood.

Worries about the evolution of development around the train station and the protection of heritage buildings, were also cited.

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