A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum.

The city of Lausanne applied for the 2020 Youth Olympic Games. The 1160 housing units will be temporarily used as accommodation for the athletes, before they will be given over to their primary use: student housing. As part of the EPFL campus, the project operates at city scale and reconnects the campus to a property north of it, which the school acquired for future extensions. The new park on the interior makes part of a green belt, leading from the shore of Lake of Geneva through the campus.

The borrowing of form (here a running track according to IOC standards), offers a couple of interesting side effects if applied to housing: a central park is created, around which the apartments are organized. On the interior side, access balconies offer communicative spaces, a kind of ‘streets in the sky‘, whereas the outer side offers privacy with a view. The necklace-like linear arrangement guarantees each room a maximum amount of natural light.

structural engineer: Schnetzer Puskas Ingenieure AG, Zürich

energy concept: Amstein + Walthert AG, Zürich