The interwar years
For Lausanne, the interwar years were a time to celebrate its new status as one of the largest cities in Switzerland. The Bel-Air Métropole is the most obvious expression of this ambition. Architectural modernism, census analysis and functionalism began to appear. The Bellerive swimming pool, whose construction was part of a plan to counter unemployment, encapsulates the other key characteristics of the time: the arrival of a leisure society and the economic crisis.