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Architecture Competition 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 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.

Results of the architecture competition

In 2013, the International Olympic Committee has launched a selection process which has seen 118 worldwide architecture studios entering the international architecture competition organised under the auspices of the International Union of Architects (UIA).

In June 2013, the architecture competition jury, composed of internationally renowned architects, representatives of the city of Lausanne and IOC Members, selected the following candidates to develop an architectural concept:

  • 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 Ltd
  • Toyo Ito & Associates, Architects
  • Office for Metropolitan Architecture (O.M.A)
  • Nieto Sobejano Arquitectos GmbH
  • PIUARCH S.r.l
  • 3XN
  • Diller Scofidio + Renfro
  • Farshid Moussavi Architecture

Then, the architecture competition jury for the IOC headquarters project competition met again in December 2013 to examine and judge the 12 anonymous proposals submitted by the competitors. Based on the evaluation criteria set out in the competition documents, the jury decided unanimously to issue the following Recommendation, validated by the IOC Executive Board on 10 December 2013:

  1. To reward three projects on an equal footing (in order of the projects’ arrival):
    • Unity House by 3xN (Denmark)
    • Olympic Forum by Farshid Moussavi Architecture (Great Britain)
    • One People Under One Roof by Xaveer De Geyter Architecten (Belgium)
  2. To entrust study mandates to the authors of the three selected projects, in parallel.

The three firms were then invited to further develop their concepts and in April 2014, the IOC Executive Board chose Danish firm 3xN as its preferred architectural partner. The decision followed a unanimous recommendation by the IOC Architecture College made during a meeting on 25 March that included the IOC President, IOC Vice-Presidents Nawal El-Moutawakel, Craig Reedie and Zaiqing Yu, Executive Board member Ching-Kuo Wu, and IOC member Lambis V. Nikolaou.

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