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Learning Center (01:45)

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On the bank of Lake Leman is an oddly shaped building, the learning center at Lausanne Polytechnique. Previously, the sprawling campus lacked a center.

Winning Design (02:57)

Ryue Nishizawa and Kazuyo Sejima designed the Rolex Learning Center. The horizontal layout allows continuity between rooms and requires vast expenses on land.

Center Entry (02:06)

The building is raised in places to allow entry through the center, which avoids dividing the Learning Center from campus or privileging any function with an arbitrary front door.

Building Construction (01:27)

The relationship between reach and height of concrete shells in the learning center is unusual; holes outlining interior courtyards pierce the shells.

Learning Center Interior (03:08)

The inside of the Learning Center has artificial topography. It is a single room, with no walls; undulations give definitions to various zones.

Design Difficulties (02:37)

The tilted floor design created functional challenges. Designers placed slopes for chairs in the library, and a horizontal platform for the restaurant.

Empty Space (02:18)

The interior gives an impression of empty space. Its design allows people to determine the use of an area, rather than the building predetermining it.

Roof Holes (02:47)

Holes in the roof and curved glass panels on resulting walls allow the spreading of light. Engineers used the principles of a bow and arrow to accommodate these holes.

Lack of Supports (01:33)

Concrete seems to spread effortlessly, with only one visible support, the "pillar of discord."

Freedom and Constraint (02:22)

The Learning Center design gives users freedom at the price of constraints. There are disability accommodations in steep parts and glass bubbles to keep out noise.

Building Success (01:55)

Debates between architect and client created delays. The highly experimental building succeeded, becoming the center of student life.

Credits: The Rolex Learning Center by Kazuyo Sejima et Ryue Nishizawa: Architectures—Achievements in Modern Architecture (00:22)

Credits: The Rolex Learning Center by Kazuyo Sejima et Ryue Nishizawa: Architectures—Achievements in Modern Architecture

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The Rolex Learning Center by Kazuyo Sejima et Ryue Nishizawa: Architectures—Achievements in Modern Architecture

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We are on the shore of Lake Geneva, facing the Alps, a few kilometers from Lausanne. Poised on the shore of the lake, lies a wave of cement and glass, with holes in it. The building has inspired many metaphors since it was built in 2010 - from a slice of Emmental cheese to a piece of molecular fabric. The building is certainly unlike any other and its shape provides no clues as to what goes on inside. It is, in fact, a Learning Center, a new concept in spaces dedicated to knowledge. Its layout avoids is designed to bring together campus activities in a coherent center.

Length: 27 minutes

Item#: BVL65358

ISBN: 978-1-60057-668-3

Copyright date: ©2012

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