© Philippe Béchet
© Philippe Béchet
© Philippe Béchet
In Lausanne, Aires Mateus and Itten + Brechbühl
combined two museums into one sculptural structure. Manuel and Francisco Aires Mateus are known for approaching architecture like sculptors. They often carve openings and spaces into large, simple volumes
to create surprising geometries and lighting effects. For the new build that the Lisbon-based architects realized with Itten + Brechbühl at Lausanne’s main train station, the volume is a white concrete cube with an edge length of
42 m and “as white as concrete can be,” as Manuel Aires Mateus puts it.