Project history

The key dates of the AQUATIS project.



AQUATIS Aquarium-Vivarium Lausanne opened its doors to the general public the October 21st 2017.

October 21st 2017

Birth of “Leopoldi” stingrays

Three little “Leopoldi” stingrays (Potamotrygon leopoldi) were born on 12 July 2016. They were joined by nine other stingrays on 18 August 2016. This video presents their parents to you.

Natives of the Brazilian rivers, the Leopoldi rays are carnivorous and feed mainly on small fish and invertebrates. The females of this species may measure up to 1 metre in length and the males 75 centimetres.

12 July 2016

Birth of crocodiles

6 baby crocodiles hatched from their eggs between 19 and 22 May 22.

It is the first official birth of this species in Europe: the “sacred” crocodile (or West African crocodile). In its natural habitat, it is a species that has seen its numbers dwindle significantly over the past decades due to overexploitation and habitat loss (with the drying up of Lake Chad).

19 May 2016

100 000 discs

A real technical achievement, nearly 100 000 discs were installed on the building’s facade. Moving in the wind and shimmering in the sun, they are reminiscent of fish scales.

To know more: consult this press article.



01 September 2015

Arrival of the aquarium windows

The A9 motorway in Vennes was closed during the night to allow the unloading and installation of the first acrylic plates forming the windows of the main aquariums.

01 July 2015
chambre Aquatis Hotel

Opening of the Aquatis Hotel & Conference Centre

A unique hotel in the superior 3-star category: 143 bedrooms, the largest hotel capacity in Lausanne and conference areas totalling 610 m2. An exceptional strategic location (close to all transport routes) with an unimpeded view over the lake, the Alps and the town.

20 March 2015
Première pierre

The first stone of AQUATIS Aquarium-Vivarium Lausanne

The AQUATIS platform is composed of three main elements: the P+R car park for 1200 vehicles, the Aquarium-Vivarium and the hotel with 143 bedrooms.

20 May 2014
vivarium de lausanne

Take-over of the Vivarium collection

An agreement was signed between the AQUATIS Foundation and the Vivarium Foundation.

This agreement expresses the determination of the two foundations to join forces to allow the Vivarium’s living collections to be taken over and integrated into the AQUATIS complex, in the respect of its scientific and cultural project.

14 November 2013

Comptoir gruérien (La Gruyère Regional Goods Exhibition)

Guest of honour at the Comptoir gruérien (La Gruyère Regional Goods Exhibition) in Bulle, the AQUATIS pavilion was a great success at its first public presentation. More than 120 000 visitors had the opportunity to discover the project, a large number of whom took part in the treasure hunt and the contest for the best slogans on water and the planet. “A planet without water is a planet without life” F. G. Morges

25 October 2013

First stone of the hotel

The first stone of the AQUATIS complex was laid.

The complex was designed by the architecture practice Richter and Dahl Rocha & Associés, with the collaboration of the engineers Ingenir in Lausanne and Daniel Willi in Montreux. 

15 April 2013

Inauguration of the P+R

The Vennes park-and-ride car park for 1 200 vehicles, associated with the construction of the M2 metro train line, was inaugurated. It forms the basis of the AQUATIS platform.

17 September 2010

Creation of the Foundation

Creation of the AQUATIS foundation, whose aim is to promote education on the environment and sustainable development. Recognised as a non-profit organisation, it is the guarantor of the AQUATIS scientific and cultural project and helps in the search for funding.

December 2007
aquarium à lausanne

Contest Winner

AQUATIS SA (ex AquaEcopole) won the public architecture contest launched by the Town of Lausanne for the installation of the P+R Lausanne-Vennes car park according to the private-public partnership model.

December 2005

Project Launch

The AQUATIS project was imagined at the end of the years 2000 by two French biologists, Morgane Labous Simunic and Frédéric Pitaval. They were joined by a Swiss museologist, Michel Etter.