La Ferme was built in the XVIIIth century, between 1730 and 1735 by La Ville de Lausanne. At first, it was a simple farmhouse, then farmers occupied it with their families and finally, it was bought by EHL in 1972. The building was transformed into offices and conference rooms.

Today the question is: in the midst of the new constructions, what should be done with this old architectural treasure?

The question has often been discussed during Campus dev meetings and workshops. On Tuesday September 22nd, Christian Hunziker met Isabelle Roland, architecture historian, and a member of the Service de protection des monuments historiques de La Ville de Lausanne. They discussed a report written by Isabelle Roland in which she delves into the building’s history; when it was built, what changes were made and when, and how much they cost. We read, for example, that a part of La Ferme had already been knocked down and rebuilt in the beginning of the 1900’s with some remaining materials from previous destructions. The architect responsible for the project was Francis Isoz, a well-known architect from the Canton de Vaud. The walls were ruined and it started to be dangerous to live and work in such conditions.

After the building purchase in 1972, EHL undertook some important construction work that made the building loose some of its authenticity. Thanks to the historian’s report, we now know that it is possible to demolish La Ferme. Christian Hunziker said that the objective is to keep the old accommodation part and the roof as it is. The rest of La Ferme should be turned into something more contemporary.  

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