3XN Unveils New International Olympic Committee Headquarters Renderings

The design features fluidly coiled forms that pay homage to the movement of Olympic athletes. Image © 3XN

Dubbed the “Olympic House,” 3XN has released new renderings for the International Olympic Committee’s forthcoming headquarters in Lausanne, Switzerland. Chosen as the winner of an international competition in 2014, the design features fluidly coiled forms that pay homage to the movement of Olympic athletes.

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The project is sited adjacent to the Committee’s former home—the 18th-century castle Château de Vidy—and boasts an arched facade composed of glass and steel. Employing recycled materials, the sustainable building’s interior is structured around the concept of concentric circles while the exterior is ornamented by an undulating pattern of paneled glass. A central ring-shaped atrium features a stairway that ascends up from the main floor to a series of circular balconies arranged that are illuminated by a skylight overhead.

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“With its dynamic, undulating façade, the building will appear different from all angles and convey the energy of an athlete in motion,” says 3XN’s Jan Ammundsen. “Its interior is designed with as few structural constraints as possible. This open and flexible environment is meant to adapt for multiple work styles now and in the future.”