Rolex Learning Center by SANAA

Rolex Learning Center by SANAA

Acclaimed Japanese architectural practice SANAA (Sejima and Nishizawa and Associates) is responsible for some of the most pioneering buildings, creating architecture that marries aesthetic simplicity with technical complexity, and this building is no exception.

The mesmerising Rolex Learning Center is part of the the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), and when this was completed, the Rolex Learning Center became SAANA’s biggest and most spectacular work. The Rolex Learning Centre is a new heart for EPFL’s campus of 7,000 students and 4,000 research and academic staff, and includes a library, offices, bookshop, cafe, restaurant, laboratories, a 600-seat auditorium and a bank branch. SANAA’s big idea is to make it into “one huge big room”, a 10,000 square metre territory where corridors are abolished and enclosures minimal.

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