Espace Arlaud in Lausanne was built in 1840 to plans by Louis Wenger. Its top floor was used by the Musée Arlaud (Lausanne's first museum), the entry level by the Cantonal Art School and the two lower levels by a primary school. In 1904, Musée Arlaud closed and its works were transferred to the Cantonal Art Museum, then located inside the Palais de Rumine, just a few steps across the Place de la Riponne.
The building was renovated between 1995 and 1997 and is now used for temporary exhibitions across all four floors. During the renovations, a new staircase was added between the two lower and the two upper floors which didn't have any connection previously.