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Olympic House IOC

Building Olympic House will enable the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to have two Olympic centres in Lausanne: one in Ouchy for the general public, The Olympic Museum, and the other in Vidy, offering a welcoming meeting place for the IOC members and the whole of the Olympic Movement.

After an international architecture competition certified by the International Union of Architects, in which 114 architects from all the continents took part, three winning projects were chosen:
  • “Unity House” by 3xN (Denmark)
  • “Olympic Forum” by Farshid Moussavi Architecture (England)
  • “One People Under One Roof” by Xaveer De Geyter Architecten (Belgium)

A parallel studies phase then followed, after which the IOC Executive Board decided to develop the project proposed by Danish architects 3XN ( The design of Olympic House is based around four main concepts:

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The green base of Olympic House blends in with the natural setting of the park.

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The shape of Olympic House is inspired by the movement of athletes performing their sport. The curved facades help to minimise the visual impact of the building in the landscape and bring a maximum amount of light into the interior spaces.

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The solar panels on the roof of Olympic House represent the shape of a dove landing in the park.

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Olympic House will be the meeting place for the Olympic Movement, and its central staircase, which echoes the Olympic rings, will link the various floors. The design of the staircase is in line with the concept of “active architecture” that encourages the movement of building users.

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