Rolex Learning Center, Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Switzerland

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Rolex Learning Center, Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Switzerland

Today more than ever, universities are not only making their mark as places of education, but are acting as pioneers for new architectural design solutions with their buildings. The library of the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) is a case in point. Having nothing in common with the proverbial ivory tower, the new building designed by Japanese architects, Kazuyo Sejima and Ryue Nishizawa of SANAA, who were awarded the 2010 Pritzker Prize for this work, epitomises this fusion of exceptional architecture with sustainable operation.

The sophisticated interior layout and the transparency of the design are an engineering masterpiece. Botta Management Group supervised the project, which had an investment volume of CHF 105 million, from start to finish. The initial feasibility study was followed by overall project management: from design, planning, tender process and execution through to formal handover in the spring of 2010.