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Brits lose out to 3XN in Olympic HQ race

Denmark’s 3XN has defeated a raft of high-profile practices in the international contest to redevelop the Olympics headquarters in Lausanne, Switzerland

London-based architects Amanda Levete and Farshid Moussavi were both defeated in the race for the prestigious International Olympic Committee (IOC) project.

OMA, Toyo Ito and Diller Scofidio + Renfro also featured among the twelve outfits vying for the 18,000m² campus on the shores of Lake Geneva.

The full shortlist

  • Jean Marc IBOS - Myrto Vitart
  • XDGA - Xaveer De Geyter Architecten B.V.B.A
  • Brasil Arquitetura Ltda
  • Groupe 3 Architectes S.N.C
  • AL_A - Amanda Levete Architects
  • Toyo Ito & Associates, Architects
  • Office for Metropolitan Architecture (OMA)
  • Nieto Sobejano Arquitectos GmbH
  • PIUARCH S.r.l
  • 3XN
  • Diller Scofidio + Renfro
  • Farshid Moussavi Architecture

The 2.4 hectare project will bring together all of the IOC’s 450 staff who are currently spread across five different sites.

3XN was named the winner at a meeting of the IOC’s executive board last week, ahead of shortlisted finalists Farshid Moussavi Architecture and Belgian practice XDGA, founded by former OMA star Xaveer De Geyter (schemes pictured).

During the meeting the Olympics’ governing body endorsed a recommendation to select the Danish architect which had been made by its architecture committee in March.

No images of 3XN’s winning scheme have been unveiled, however any redevelopment of the site will have to retain the Château de Vidy which has been officially recognised as a historical monument since 1971.

Other buildings on the IOC headquarters site, such as the 1986 Olympic House and a multi-function centre built in 2005, could be demolished to make way for the new campus.

A final decision on whether to proceed with the project will rely on the outcome of discussions with Swiss authorities – according to an IOC statement.

Each finalist received £21,000 to develop proposals for the scheme.

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