Around the Lake Geneva Region
Embracing Sustainable Living:
Innovative Eco-Districts in the Lemanic Arc Region
Amidst a heightened ecological awareness, the past few years have witnessed a notable shift in the construction industry towards sustainable development. Numerous projects are now exploring the integration of sustainability practices directly into the design process. This evolving dynamic has given rise to the concept of sustainable neighborhoods or eco-neighbourhoods.
In the Lake Geneva region, the landscape is evolving towards a more sustainable future with the implementation of eco-districts such as La Jonction and Les Vergers in Meyrin, the Souberyn Cooperative Building in Geneva, the Pra Roman Eco-district in Chalet à Gobet, and the upcoming Plaines-du-loup in Lausanne, all of which exemplify a dedicated integration of eco-friendly principles into urban development.
The EPFL Campus in Lausanne: A Tapestry of Architectural Brilliance and Technological Innovation
Lausanne's EPFL campus, evolving into an architectural open-air museum, showcases notable works by renowned architects such as SANAA, Kengo Kuma, and Dominique Perrault. Notably, the Rolex Learning Center, designed by SANAA, stands out for its innovative and sustainable construction methods.
The Vortex, located near the University of Lausanne, is a cylindrical building housing students and guests, featuring a spiraling ramp that fosters community engagement while integrating eco-friendly construction practices.
Plateforme 10: the Lausanne's New Museum Hub
The Plateforme 10 in Lausanne is an ambitious architectural project aimed at creating a dedicated district for arts and culture. Developed on a site adjacent to the Lausanne train station, the project integrates several major cultural institutions, including the Cantonal Museum of Fine Arts (MCBA) designed by the architecture firm Barozzi-Veiga and the consolidation of the Elysée Museum and the Museum of Design and Contemporary Applied Arts (MUDAC), designed by Aires Mateus.
In summary, Plateforme 10 in Lausanne is an ambitious architectural project that seeks to establish a cultural hub adjacent to the train station, incorporating significant cultural institutions and showcasing innovative designs by renowned architecture firms.
The International Olympic Committee (IOC) Headquarters
The new headquarters of the International Olympic Committee in Lausanne, designed by 3XN Architects and Itten&Brechbuehl, stands out with its dynamic facade symbolizing the vibrancy of sports. Sustainability is at the core of the project, incorporating environmentally efficient features such as a lake water pump and photovoltaic panels.
The building emerges from the ground on a base that seamlessly integrates with the surrounding landscape. A rotation accentuates the dynamic movement of the emerging floors, revolving around a large circular opening that houses the monumental staircase connecting the different levels of the building. This symbolic staircase, reminiscent of the five Olympic rings, represents the true heart of the building—a space for gathering, light, and circulation. Tailored structural solutions have been developed in close relation to the geometric and spatial complexity dictated by the architectural design.
CERN Science Gateway, the new museum designed by Renzo Piano
The Audemars Piguet Museum-Workshop, designed by BIG
The Audemars Piguet Museum-Workshop brings together the Founders' House with an ultramodern glass spiral. Located in Le Brassus, in the Vallée de Joux, this ensemble embodies the harmony between tradition and innovation, becoming a unique place for exploration, learning, and conviviality. This architectural feat crowns six years of exceptional development and realization, orchestrated hand in hand by the renowned watchmaking brand Audemars Piguet, the architectural firms BIG (Bjarke Ingels Group/DK) and CCHE (CH), as well as ATB (D) for the museography.
As part of its missions to educate and engage the public in science, and to share knowledge and technology with society, CERN is launching the Science Gateway, a new facility for scientific education and outreach. The purpose of the project is to create a hub of scientific education and culture to inspire the younger generations with the beauty of science.
Inspired by CERN’s unique facilities, such as the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), the world’s largest particle accelerator, the architecture of the Science Gateway celebrates the inventiveness and creativity that characterise the world of research and engineering. Architectural elements such as tubes that seem to be suspended in space evoke the cutting-edge technology underpinning the most advanced research that is pushing back our understanding of the origins of the universe.