Quartier des arts Plateforme 10, Lausanne

Arts district

The Plateforme 10 site is home to 3 museums of the Canton of Vaud, mudac, Photo Elysée, and MCBA, as well as the collections of two foundations, Toms Pauli and Félix Vallotton. But Plateforme 10 is also a real Lausanne neighborhood with its welcoming esplanade which boasts restaurants, terraces, book- and giftshops, and arcades.

The Museums

One of the most important museums wholly devoted to the medium of photography

Photo Elysée

Through novel approaches and points of view that reflect the world of today and tomorrow, Photo Elysée highlights the image in all its forms. Its unique collections take in the whole of the field of photography.


A unique institution that is entirely dedicated to design in French-speaking Switzerland

mudac - Musée cantonal de design et d’arts appliqués contemporains

Exhibitions mounted at mudac question societal themes through five subjects: design, the graphic arts, contemporary jewelry, glass art and ceramics. The variety of viewpoints that mudac takes care to integrate in each project ensures that the institution is well known and respected on both the national and international arts scene.


n iconic architecture dedicated to new exhibitions and the permanent display of the museum collection

Musée cantonal des Beaux-Arts de Lausanne (MCBA)

From old and modern art to the output of living generations, MCBA features both international artists and artists representing the local scene. Events, a restaurant, a giftshop, workshops for the general public, and a library – a range of resources that makes it possible to foster exchange and engagement with art and culture.


The foundations

Tapestries - textile-art
Exceptional collection


Set up by the State of Vaud in 2000, the Foundation oversees the cantonal collections of both ancient tapestries (the former Toms Collection) and 20th-century examples of textile art illustrating the changes that occurred over the series of International Tapestry Biennials held in Lausanne from 1962 to 1995.


A center of excellence devoted to studying the life and work of Félix Vallotton

Fondation Félix Vallotton

Formed in Lausanne in 1998, the Fondation Félix Vallotton draws on both the artist’s archives, which the Foundation conserves, and the ever-growing body of knowledge touching on the artist, to foster scholarship about Vallotton and publish the results of its research.



Restaurant Arcadia, Plateforme 10, Lausanne

Arcadia Restaurant

Arcadia, with its seven iconic arches, opens the door to a la carte Mediterranean cuisine, starting from an Italian artisanal base, combining know-how and local seasonal products. For those looking for a relaxed, tasty, and inclusive dining experience, whether at lunch for everyday cooking or in the evening for a more special occasion. Always in a relaxed and friendly environment, just like at home.

Cocktail parties and other events on request.


Open Wednesday to Saturday from 11am to 11pm and Sunday from 11am to 6pm.


Information and booking
+41 21 318 44 10

Restaurant Le Nabi, Lausanne

Le Nabi

MCBA’s Le Nabi offers an innovative concept at the crossroads of various artistic and culinary cultures, with a gourmet menu designed to highlight a cuisine that is healthy, esthetically pleasing, and committed. Our seasonal products come from regionally sourced farms that respect the environment.



Open from Tuesday to Sunday, from 10 am to 6 pm, and Thursday until 8 pm. For the summer months, Le Nabibar keeps its terrace open until 9 pm on Thursdays, fridays and saturdays, serving a selection of Nabi-inspired nibbles all evening. Terrace closed in case of rain.


Information and booking

+41 21 311 02 90



Café Lumen, Lausanne, Plateforme 10

Café Lumen

Le Café Lumen invites you to discover its menu of quick and spontaneous dishes that use artisanal products served simply on a board, in a clay bowl, or nestled between two slices of focaccia. Here you will find the best of the region’s culinary tradition. All our drinks are artisanal with a fine selection of craft cider and beer, wine, and homemade non-alcoholic beverages. Our coffee is freshly roasted. We’re a stop along the region’s greenway, the Voie Verte foot and bicycle path, with takeaway service available.


Open every day except Tuesday, from 10 am to 6 pm, and Thursday to 8 pm.


Information and booking

+41 21 311 02 90

Signal L

Le Signal L

L for Light

In railway parlance, a railway track is divided into sections called “blocks”, marked by an entry signal. The Signal L is a type of semaphore whose signals display points of light – like the holes in the north wall at Plateforme 10 – in varying colours and combinations.

PLATEFORME 10’s Signal L is a device that offers artists the opportunity to illuminate our part of the territory, the Canton of Vaud, in their own way.  Four times a year, an artist will be invited to take a cross-sectional look at an institution or event in the French-speaking part of the country in order to broaden the scope of PLATEFORME 10’s artistic activities.

With the support of the Leenaards Foundation.


Plateforme 10’s arcades run along the north side of our site, from the mudac – Photo Elysée building to the east side of the esplanade. There you will find the restaurant Arcadia, the bar Le Nabi, and the Caran d’Ache space, along with other venues for art and art making.

Espace créatif Caran d'Ache

The Caran d’Ache Creative space offers a place dedicated to creativity in all its forms and colours. Emerging local and international artists are invited for residency, installation and temporary exhibition projects.

Fondation Plateforme 10

Fondation Plateforme 10 is a foundation supported by the State of Vaud. Its main mission is to manage and foster three cantonal museums, MCBA, mudac, and Photo Elysée, while developing all of the functions, infrastructure, activities, and events that make up the Plateforme 10 site.

The Board of the Plateforme 10 Foundation:
President: Olivier Audemars
Vice-President: Ariane Widmer Pham
Members: Marco Franciolli, Hedy Graber, Vincent Grandjean, Patrick Mangold, Nicole Minder, Marie Pok, Alexandra Post Quillet, Agnès Sire
Guests: Bernard Decrauzat, Michael Kinzer

The Board of Management:
Managing Director: Patrick Gyger
Head of administration and finances: David Reyes
Head of Human Resources: Antonina Munafo
Director of the mudac: Marco Costantini
Director of Photo Elysée: Nathalie Herschdorfer
Director of the MCBA: Juri Steiner