The Post-war boom
Collège de l’Elysée (Elysée secondary school)
The Elysée secondary school was designed by Frédéric Brugger, an architect from Basel. He was most active with his work from the 1950s to the 1970s, especially in the Lausanne region, and he was one of the most significant post-war architects in French-speaking Switzerland.
In Lausanne, he was the architect behind the residential building at Chemin de Lucinge 12-16, one of the top high-class buildings in the city, the professional school at Rue de Genève 55, down from the Chauderon bridge, the four large rooming towers on Rue de la Borde and the first human sciences building at the university in Dorigny.
The Collège de l’Elysée was built from 1961 to 1964 in the large and wonderful park of the same name. The various buildings, forming a courtyard, stand on terraces and descend gently towards the lake. With the shape of clearly defined rectangles, largely open to the outside and featuring a concrete frame, they are true to the major principles of modern architecture from the interwar years.
The outstanding work on the composition of size and trim, thanks to the work of the sculptor Hansjörg Gisiger, clearly represents the architecture-sculpture link found in the post-war years.