The Rolex Learning Center, designed by the internationally renowned Japanese architecture firm SANAA, is both a learning laboratory, a library housing 500,000 books and an international cultural center. It is open to both students and the public.
On a continuous surface of 20 000 m2 it offers services, libraries, information centers, social spaces, places of study, restaurants, cafes and magnificent exteriors. The building is extremely innovative, with gentle slopes and terraces waving around interior "patios".
Not to mention the almost invisible pillars that support the curved roof, a structure that required unprecedented construction methods.
"The Rolex Learning Center is a perfect example of our school, where traditional boundaries between disciplines are outdated, where mathematicians and engineers meet with neuroscientists and microtechnicians to imagine the technologies that will improve our lives.
We invite the public to discover this space so that they understand that working in the scientific field means participating in the progress of society, "says Patrick Aebischer, President of EPFL
Studio SANAA is the Tokyo based design firm that was founded in 1995 by the Japanese architects Kazuyo Sejima and Ryue Nishizawa. They were selected as the lead architects in EPFL's international competition of December 2004.
Italian Contribution to the project
Magis products selected for the project:
- Air – Chair design Jasper Morrison.
Via Triestina Acc. E – Z.I. Ponte Tezze - 30020 Torre di Mosto (VE)
Airports, Banks, Bar/Restaurants, Business centers, Congress Centres, Cultural Centres, Government buildings, Hospitals, Hotels, Houses, Museums, Offices, Public Spaces, Resort, Schools and Universities, Stations, Stores, Theatres
Commercial furnishing, Furniture, Office furnishing, Outdoor