3XN and the International Olympic Committee (IOC) have released images of a new headquarters planned for a 24,000-square-meter site on banks of Lake Geneva in the Swiss city of Lausanne. Adjacent to the historic Château de Vidy, which has been the “iconic home” of the IOC, 3XN’s design is intended to respect both the château’s legacy and park setting, while making the transition from park to building as “soft” as possible.
“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,” said Jan Ammundsen, Senior Partner with 3XN.
“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. Our design is also intended to encourage interaction, communication and knowledge sharing among staff.”
The headquarter's design is built upon respect for the site and sustainable principles. The building will feature many energy efficient systems, including lake water pumping, photovoltaics and daylight optimization.
This commission was the result of a multi-stage international competition. Once complete, the new IOC headquarters will consolidate offices for 600 employees.