A few days ahead the 125th anniversary of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), the Executive Board (EB) members were today introduced to the EB room in the new home of the Olympic Movement.
IOC President Thomas Bach welcomed the EB members to the new IOC headquarters. The building recently received three of the most rigorous sustainability certifications, making it one of the most sustainable buildings in the world.
The EB members were given a tour of Olympic House before convening in the EB room.
“Olympic House reflects both our overarching mission to make the world a better place through sport and the reforms of Olympic Agenda 2020, based on sustainability, credibility and youth,” said President Bach.
Olympic House will allow the IOC to bring together its staff – 500 employees currently spread across Lausanne in four locations – under one roof at a single site.
Olympic House reflects both our overarching mission to make the world a better place through sport and the reforms of Olympic Agenda 2020, based on sustainability, credibility and youth.Thomas Bach IOC President
“With all our stakeholders – the athletes, the National Olympic Committees, the International Federations, the Organising Committees, the sports organisations – spread all across the world, the IOC needs a home where everyone can better collaborate and work together. I am pleased to say that we now have this home,” President Bach added.
The IOC EB members were given a presentation on the building project by Søren Nersting, Architect and Senior Associate at the Danish architecture firm 3XN. Selected by the IOC in April 2014 after an international architecture competition, 3XN partnered with Swiss architects IttenBrechbühl to oversee the construction of the building.
The official inauguration of Olympic House on Sunday, which coincides with the IOC’s 125th anniversary , will be the culmination of a journey that started back in 2012, when the IOC decided to move ahead with the consolidation of its head office.
From 23 June onwards, the IOC will benefit from two Olympic centres in Lausanne: Olympic House in Vidy to cater for its administration and offer a welcoming meeting place for all its stakeholders; and The Olympic Museum and the Olympic Studies Centre in Ouchy, to host the general public.