SANAA’s Rolex Learning Center

March 29, 2010

Video: SANAA’s Rolex Learning Center in Switzerland, which opened in February 2010.

Designed by acclaimed Japanese architects SANAA, the Rolex Learning Center forms part of the campus for the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) in Lausanne, Switzerland. The building opened on 22 February 2010.

SANAA founders Ryue Nishizawa and Kazuyo Sejima discuss their design in this video, along with President of EPFL Patrick Aebischer.

The Rolex Learning Center serves as a laboratory for learning, a library with 500,000 volumes and an international cultural hub for EPFL, open to both students and the public. Spread over one single fluid space of 20,000sqm, it provides a seamless network of services, libraries, information gathering, social spaces, spaces to study, restaurants, cafes and beautiful outdoor spaces. It is a highly innovative building, with gentle slopes and terraces, undulating around a series of internal ‘patios’, with almost invisible supports for its complex curving roof, which required completely new methods of construction.

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