Lausanne’s architectural oddities
After moving to Lausanne in 2018, I started going quite regularly on evening walks in the city. And I thought it would be fun to take pictures of some of the weirder architecture I came across. As I don’t know anything about periods, movements, trends in architecture, I can’t provide any context except whatever a quick search turns up.
I love the size of this house, and I wouldn’t mind owning something similar, although with a nicer view than this one has:
The same building 3 years later from a wider angle, with a graffiti by crbz in the foreground:
This next one surely has some distinct looks, with the circular corner tower, all kinds of different windows, wood elements on the upper floors, striped shades, etc.:
Here’s another weird mix of features, a mere 100m away. Look at that chimney:
On the complete opposite side of the spectrum, there is this ultra simplistic style:
I passed the centre de vie enfantine de Valency every time I was exiting the city towards the north-west for a mountain bike ride:
The Collège du Belvédère surely deserves its name, because the view from its esplanade is stunning. Its architecture and landscaping have some details that—I think, again, I have no clue—feel very 1950s. I would recommend a visit of that one, it’s not far from the train station, and you can chill in the park and enjoy the view.
In Prilly, western Lausanne, in the middle of your regular apartment buildings, there is a Chemin des Chalets with… wooden chalets!
The next one is a very unlikely spot for a building:
In the same neighborhood, I once spotted the Château Saint-Maire in front of the Alps peeking through between buildings:
Sometimes, urban planning puzzles me a bit. Like for this parking space in the city center:
I would expect a setting like in the following picture in some Mediterranean country, but not in the middle of Lausanne, right on a major street:
Another place I would not mind living at is in these narrow colorful houses with lawns:
An unusually painted church:
The final 2 pictures are not about buildings per se, but one of my favorite views in Lausanne: la Colline du Languedoc. I wouldn’t mind living in one of the houses in that neighborhood.