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École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne

Dominique Perrault Architecture, Steiner SA Group

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École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne


45,000 sq. feet



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Dominique Perrault Architecture and Steiner SA Group will oversee a new campus plan for the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) in Lausanne, Switzerland. In addition to unifying the campus through enhanced pedestrian and bicycle circulation, DPA will renovate two existing structures and build a third, with hopes that their improvements will bring coherence and connectivity to the surrounding campus. While most firms break ground with ceremonial shovels, DPA celebrated the start of construction at the EPFL by planting a tree in a spot on site that will become one of the BI Building’s open-air atria. This 4,500-square-meter (45,000-square-foot) central services building (shown left), an adaptive reuse of the former library, will offer a counterpoint to SANAA’s all-white Rolex Learning Center across the street thanks to its multicolored cladding. The neighboring mechanical engineering halls will be renovated and extended to become the new EPFL Center for Neuroprosthetics, with expected occupancy by 2015. Concepts for a Teaching Bridge, meanwhile, will continue to be developed during the first phase of construction, but, funding permitting, will boast several communal teaching spaces and pedestrian linkages across campus streets.
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