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Olympic Unity House: a new headquarters for the IOC

At the Lausanne-Vidy site (Switzerland), the IOC would like to:

  • Create new headquarters for 600 staff members on one site.
  • Plan for the development of the “Olympic Unity House” housing administrative buildings. The surface area of the plot available to the IOC is 24,000 m2.

This will allow the IOC to benefit from two Olympic sites in Lausanne: one in Ouchy around The Olympic Museum, to host the general public; and the other in Vidy for the whole administrative staff and to welcome IOC members and become the meeting place for the entire Olympic Movement.

The new IOC headquarters will bring the vast majority of the administration to the same location in Vidy, resulting in substantial long-term savings, increased working efficiency and energy conservation. With this ambitious project, the IOC aims to demonstrate leadership in terms of sustainability. The highest possible sustainability certification level is being considered, and studies are currently ongoing to define which labels are the most suitable to the new building.

The project is to be developed on a high-quality natural site (in immediate proximity to Lake Geneva), taking into account the Château de Vidy, which was classed as a historical monument by the État de Vaud in 1971. Whether or not to retain Olympic House, built in 1986, and the multifunction centre, built in 2005 between the Château and Olympic House, was left to the choice of the candidates in the framework of developing the future headquarters, provided that evidence of these is left.