The social building in Lausanne is ready to see the light of day
The building dedicated to the poorest will come up from the ground in the coming days. Inauguration in the spring of 2021.
It’s still a huge hole. A semblance of emptiness where workers and construction machinery are agitated. However, the construction of the social building on rue Saint-Martin in Lausanne is already well under way. Tuesday morning it is even the first stone, which was symbolically laid by the municipal Natacha Litzistorf and Oscar Tosato. The beginning of a new phase for a construction site, which will erect a building in seven levels. “Authorities are responding to the needs of a population that is drenched in life and seeking protection to rebuild,” said Oscar Tosato, head of social cohesion. This project will make living together a reality while restoring dignity to the weakest. “
The “Le Manteau” project by Alain Wolff Architectes will bring together a wide range of services under one roof. The soup kitchen will be next to the Space (day care area), emergency room with 35 beds and the reservation office (for allocating beds within the Lausanne system). At the same time, there will be 33 rent-controlled public housing and 40 rooms in eight shared apartments. A proximity that gives “a positive message by showing that it is possible to get out of emergency aid”, has already emphasized the Municipality. Finally, the building must house a maintenance depot and changing rooms for municipal services.
Focus on closeness
“We are pleased that the Soup Kitchen has found the hypercentre, but also to be able to share our competencies with our colleagues at the night reception,” smiles Yan Desarzens, general manager of the Mother Sofia Foundation. During the work, the soup is actually served at the Chemin des Avelines, near the Parc de Valency. The specialist continues: “The fact that the benefits are spread can cause problems. Sometimes there are a lot of people at La Soupe and we have to call Sleep-in in Renens to warn that some recipients who have reserved a bed are arriving too late. Not to mention that in an unsafe situation you either walk or take public transport without a ticket.
A participating park
Estimated at 24.4 million francs, the building is to be inaugurated in the spring of 2021. To date, the earthworks phase has been completed and the first works have made it possible to lay elements “to consolidate and hold the earth”. From now on, therefore, it is the structure of the building that will be erected before the start, in the autumn, of a participatory approach to the development of the adjacent Parc de la Solitude. “This formerly secret and wild place should make it possible to create social bonds and encourage meetings,” explains Natacha Litzistorf, who is responsible for Housing, Environment and Architecture. An orchard and a quarter of a kitchen garden will be set up, as well as a meeting place and a playground.
Sleep-in leader still
Between recipients, residents and professionals, the building could see nearly 500 people living together every day. However, it does not bring together all the municipality’s social services. “Point d’Eau remains, just like the Vallon accommodation and the structures of the ABS Foundation,” recalls Oscar Tosato.
The 35 new emergency beds will in particular compensate for the closure of the Vallée de la Jeunesse bunker. The latter offered 72 places over six months. “This capacity will therefore be the same, but spread over the year,” the municipality notes. Saint-Martin was also able to compensate for a while for the disappearance of Sleep-in in Renens, which is planned for 2021. “Discussions are underway between the Sleep-in Association, Renens Municipality, the low-threshold reception system Lausanne and the canton. The goal is always to find another place in the western part of Lausanne to complete the system, ”explains Oscar Tosato.
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