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EPFL CCR



EPFL CCR
Conference Centre and Housing, Lausanne | Switzerland | 2006

Category: Culture, Conference, Work, Education, Restaurant, Commercial, Dwelling/Hotel, Civic Space
Space: Large, New-build, Exterior
Status: Studies/In Progress
Team: Charcoalblue, ATA, ARUP


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At the request of the Ecole Polytechnique Federal de Lausanne we have developed in association with our regular collaborators Charcoalblue, Alain Tisseyre et Associes and Arup- both a general brief and a feasibility study for a new 90M Euro conference centre, concert hall, commercial centre and 300-bed student housing complex, together with an open urban square and underground parking for 700 cars. The study was pursued from the inside out, developing ideas for a uniquely variable auditorium of 600-3000 seats, then applying the concept of the auditorium in a master planning exercise. The project has been through a design-build tender phase and project development work is ongoing with the EPFL's preferred bidder.

The heart of the scheme -the auditorium building- was conceived to be highly functional for a range of activities including debates, EPFL ceremonies, international conventions, rock concerts and musicals. Interior and exterior LED backlighting allow the building's atmosphere to be tuned according to the event in progress.