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Lausanne-based International Olympic House by 3XN Architects symbolises the values of the global sporting event

June 18, 2021

The new Lausanne-based International Olympic House designed by Danish practice 3XN Architects embodies the soul of the Olympics. With the Tokyo Olympics around the corner, here is a look at the IOC office that references Baron Pierre de Coubertin’s Olympic Rings. The Unity Staircase soars the full height of the building and connects the five floors through a central atrium inside the new headquarters of International Olympic House in Switzerland.

The subtle yet symbolic reflection of the five Olympic rings, when viewed from below, the architectural staircase appears to be interlaced – a nod to the Olympic principles: movement, transparency, flexibility, sustainability and collaboration, and the five continents that form the basis of the iconic Olympic logo.

With its dynamic, undulating façade, the 22,000m2 building appears 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 can be adapted to multiple work styles.

This multiple award-winning new Olympic House building has been recognised as one of the most sustainable buildings in the world.

Photos: 3XN/GXN

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