The International Olympic Committee‘s latest conference revealed the first renderings for the organization’s new and consolidated headquarters in Lausanne, Switzerland. The building is being designed by Danish architecture office 3XN, who won a multiphase competition earlier this year to earn the commission. The facility is shaped with curving forms composed of glass and planted surfaces, and will unite the IOC’s 600 employees currently working in disparate offices throughout the city onto a garden site on the banks of Lake Geneva.
The design’s concepts of movement, flexibility and sustainability, represent qualities symbolic of the Olympic Games. With its dynamic, undulating façade, the building will appear different from all angles and convey the energy of an athlete in motion. Its interior is designed with as few structural constraints as possible. This open and flexible environment will adapt to multiple work styles now and in the future. The design is also intended to encourage interaction, communication and knowledge sharing among staff.
As common in the 3XN’s values, the project is conceived with utmost consideration for site and sustainable principles. Specifically, the building utilizes energy efficient systems such as lake water pumping, photovoltaic panels, and daylight optimization. In regards to its context, the new facility seeks to respect the adjacently-located and historic Château de Vidy, while creating a transparent connection between itself and the surrounding park landscape.