Built in 1932 by Alphonse Laverrière, Bel-Air Tower was based on the American model (with a metal framework covered in stone). Standing at a height of 55 metres, this was one of Switzerland’s first “skyscrapers”.
At the time, many Lausanne residents were opposed to its construction, claiming that its size would compete with that of their beloved Cathedral. The Salle Métropole situated at the foot of the tower has welcomed numerous stars since the 1930s, including dancer Joséphine Baker and trumpeter Louis Armstrong. Many shows are still held there throughout the year.
Bel-Air Tower and Salle Métropole