The Interwar Years
The rental building La Chandoline is one of the prime examples of modernism from the interwar years in Lausanne. Its architect, Henri-Robert Von der Mühll, was a well-rounded man who was also active in the fine arts, writing and music. The building echoes the principles of modern architecture: rational, functional and free of gratuitous ornamentation. This movement spread internationally in the 1920s. Von der Mühll was in contact with several of its major names, notably Le Corbusier.
The Chandoline building, built in 1933 and 1934, contains eleven apartments. It is located east of the Mon-Repos park in the Bellevue area, where its refined lines contrast with the early 20th century villas where the local upper-middle classes live. The northern side has a recessed cubic pyramid remarkably dominated by the central staircase, a true glass tower. The other sides present long windows and simple geometric balconies. The Chandoline was designated as a historic monument in 2003.