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Rolex Learning Center. Sanaa. 2010


Rolex Learning Center by Sanaa, Artlab by Kengo Kuma, Dominique Perrault. Vortex building by Dürig.

  • 4 hours
  • EPFL Metro Station

Service Description

The EPFL campus has been built gradually since the late 1960s, and the functional architecture of its beginnings has gradually given way to a bolder and more original architecture. The central buildings (CE/CM) are emblematic of the late 1970s period. Over the last fifteen years the campus has expanded significantly and a few emblematic buildings, signed by renowned architectural offices as Saana, Kengo Kuma and Dominique Perrault, have come out of the ground. I invite you to discover them. The Rolex Learning Center, designed by the internationally renowned Japanese architectural firm SANAA, was opened in 2010. It is a highly innovative building, with gentle slopes and terraces, undulating around a series of internal ‘patios’, with almost invisible supports for its complex curving roof, which required completely new methods of construction. Located on the periphery of the University of Lausanne, the Vortex houses nearly 1,000 students and academic guests. The design is a cylindrical building that houses a 2.8 km long ramp inside which the apartments spirally spread over the ten floors of the building. This ramp is intended to be a «community path» to promote a feeling of togetherness, communication, and exchange.

Contact Details


Chemin de Pierreval 17, Lausanne, Switzerland

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