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Next step for the Olympic Museum renovation

23 Aug 2011
Olympic Museum

Starting on 23 August 2011, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) is entering the public approval phase of the various authorisation requests and building permit applications linked to the renovation of The Olympic Museum.  Three procedures are under way at the same time.

In line with what was announced last autumn, the Olympic Museum renovation project is moving ahead fast. After the unanimous adoption by the City Council of the partial land use plan in February this year, and in line with the objectives of the plan, two building permit requests will be open to public scrutiny from 23 August to 22 September 2011.

The first request concerns the building itself, where major investments will be made to modernise its museographical approach. The terrace will be partly covered and the roofs covered in vegetation, with a view to blending the Museum into its exceptional surroundings as much as possible. In addition, work will be undertaken to adapt the whole building to meet current standards.

The second request concerns a new layout of the Olympic Park, to turn it into a huge cultural area and walking route from the Élysée Museum to the Ouchy lakeside. By making part of the grounds of the Villa du Centenaire available, the IOC will enable a pedestrian walkway to be created between the Élysée gardens and the Olympic Park, which will be redesigned. No large trees will be affected by this.

Lastly, for the sake of consistency, a public approval process has been started at the same time for permission to use the boat l’Helvétie, to allow a temporary museum to be created during the renovation work. The idea will be to moor l’Helvétie, one of the biggest boats in the CGN’s Belle Époque fleet, in front of the Museum. Its 600 m2 of exhibition space will allow a large part of the Olympic patrimony to be displayed and offer a particularly attractive destination for tourists near to what they had initially planned to visit.

The public approval process also covers the creation of an information booth and a photographic exhibition on part of the quayside.

After 18 successful years which have seen more than 3.3 million visitors, the most popular museum in French-speaking Switzerland will have to close for around 20 months, probably from the end of January 2012 after the Winter Youth Olympic Games in Innsbruck.

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