lausanne [ch]: rolex learning centre

simply stunning. we're talking the rolex learning centre that will open next week in lausanne. designed by tokyo-based sanaa architects, it's part of the école polytechnique fédérale de lausanne and will be used as a laboratory for learning. the building configuration of two shells was achieved through computer simulation. inside the two shells are 11 under-stressed arches. the smaller shell sits on four arches while the larger shell rests on seven arches. the arches are held by 70 underground pre-stressed cables. materials used are wood, steel and concrete. the rolex learning centre will accomodate an event space, restaurant + bookshop plus a 860-seat student workspace. location: campus e.p.l.f., route cantonale 1 [st.-sulpice]. © hisao suzuki