As its name suggests, the Théâtre de Vidy is located a few steps from Vidy beach. Located in a wooded park, its location offers a superb view of the Léman and the Alps. Designed by the Zurich architect Max Bill for the “Educate and Create” pavilion of the 1964 Swiss National Exhibition, and using new construction methods with metal structures, the Théâtre de Vidy was to be dismantled at the end of the six month of exposure. Fortunately, Charles Apothéloz, then co-director of the Théâtre Municipal, succeeded in convincing the City of Lausanne to buy the building, in order to use it as an extension of the Théâtre Municipal as a research and rehearsal room. The theatre became independent in 1972 under the name of Théâtre de Vidy and is used by the Center Dramatique Romand. Over the years, the number of performance spaces on site increased to three permanent ones and a marquee.
Inaugurated in 2017, a new auditorium, “the Wooden Pavilion”, designed by the EPFL IBOIS laboratory under the direction of Yves Weinand, replaces the marquee. Its ply structure has been calculated to obtain a uniform distribution of forces between the different wooden panels. Its walls and the eleven arches of the roof were assembled without any metallic element.