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3XN reveals contest-winning Olympic HQ scheme

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Denmark’s 3XN has revealed the first images of its competition-winning scheme to redevelop the Olympics headquarters in Lausanne, Switzerland

The high-profile practice beat London-based architects Amanda Levete and Farshid Moussavi to win the prestigious International Olympic Committee (IOC) project in April.

OMA, Toyo Ito and Diller Scofidio + Renfro were also 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 – dubbed Olympic Unity House – will bring together all of the IOC’s 600 staff who are currently spread across five different sites.

Describing the scheme, 3XN senior partner Jan Ammundsen said: ‘In recognition of the symbolism of the Olympic Games and needs of the organization, we designed the new IOC headquarters around three key elements: movement, flexibility and sustainability.’

He continued: ‘With its dynamic, undulating façade, the building will appear different from all angles and convey the energy of an athlete in motion.

‘Its interior is designed with as few structural constraints as possible. This open and flexible environment will adapt to multiple work styles now and in the future.’

He added: ‘Our design is also intended to encourage interaction, communication and knowledge sharing among staff.’

The new building – next door to the IOC’s historic Château de Vidy home – will include a range of energy efficient features such as photovoltaics, daylight optimization and a lake water pumping system.

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