Rolex Learning Center
|(English) EPFL Learning Centre|
(French) Centre d'études de l'EPFL
Construction of the building (mid-2009).
(English) Rolex Learning Centre|
(French) Bibliothèque de l'EPFL
|Type||Library, workspaces, multi-purpose hall "Forum Rolex", café, food court, restaurant, offices, bookshop and parking|
|Town or city||Écublens (1015 Lausanne)|
|Opened||22 February 2010|
|Inaugurated||27 May 2010|
|Cost||110 millions of Swiss francs|
|Owner||École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne|
|Floor count||1 basement + 1 main|
|Floor area||37,000 m2|
|Grounds||20,000 m2 (166.5 m × 121.5 m)|
|Design and construction|
|Architect||Kazuyo Sejima and Ryue Nishizawa (SANAA)|
|Known for||Innovative architecture: large one-room space, floor undulations and curved patios|
The Rolex Learning Centre ("EPFL Learning Centre") is the campus hub and library for the École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), in Lausanne, Switzerland. Designed by the winners of 2010 Pritzker Prize, Japanese-duo SANAA, it opened on 22 February 2010.
Kazuyo Sejima and Ryue Nishizawa, partners of the Tokyo-based design firm SANAA, were selected as the lead architects in EPFL's international competition of December 2004. The team was selected among famous architects and even some Pritzker Prize Laureates such as Zaha Hadid, Rem Koolhaas, Diller Scofidio + Renfro, Jean Nouvel, Herzog & de Meuron and Ábalos & Herreros.
The construction took place between 2007 and 2009. It cost 110 million Swiss francs and was funded by the Swiss government as well as by private sponsors (Rolex, Logitech, Bouygues Construction, Crédit Suisse, Nestlé, Novartis and SICPA).
The main library, containing 500,000 printed works, is one of the largest scientific collections in Europe; four large study areas can accommodate 860 students with office space for over 100 EPFL and other employees; a multimedia library will give access to 10,000 online journals and 17,000 e-books, with advanced lending machines and systems for bibliographic search; a study centre for use by postgraduate researchers will provide access to the universityʼs major archive and research collection, and there are teaching areas including ten "bubbles" for seminars, group work and other meetings and a Language and Multimedia Centre and associated administration offices.
- Multimedia library – 500,000 volumes
- Student workspaces – 860 seats
- Multipurpose hall "Forum Rolex" – 600 seats
- Café and bar – 53 seats + exterior
- Food court – 128 seats + exterior
- Restaurant – 80 seats
- Career Centre
- Library staff office
- EPFL Precious Book Collection
- Student Association Office (AGEPoly)
- Alumni Association Office (A3)
- Research Laboratory for Computer-Human Interaction in Learning and Instruction
- Centre for Digital Education - CEDE
- Presses polytechniques et universitaires romandes (EPFL Press)
- Crédit suisse bank
- Bookshop "La Fontaine"
- Parking (500 places)
On 2 April 2015, the press conference of Federica Mogherini (High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs) and Mohammad Javad Zarif (Minister of Foreign Affairs of Iran) following the negotiations of the ministers of foreign affairs of the United States, the United Kingdom, Russia, Germany, France, China, the European Union and Iran for a Comprehensive agreement on the Iranian nuclear programme (in the previous days at the Beau-Rivage Palace) was held in the Learning Centre.
In popular culture
Part of the 2014 film Love Is the Perfect Crime was filmed at the EPFL Learning Centre.
Notes and references
- Press kit of the EPFL Learning Centre, École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (page visited on 2 April 2015).
- Architectural record: SANAA Designs Artificial Landscape, retrieved 11 March 2010
- Julian Borger and Paul Lewis, "Iran nuclear deal: negotiators announce 'framework' agreement", The Guardian, Thursday 2 April 2015 (page visited on 2 April 2015).
- (French) Frédéric Koller, "Thriller diplomatique au Beau-Rivage Palace", Le Temps, Saturday 4 April 2015, page 5.
- (French) Antoine Duplan, "Le loup déguisé en prof de littérature", Le Temps, 22 January 2014, page 22.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Rolex Learning Center.|
- Official website
- EPFL Library (English)
- Learning Centre construction blog
- Photo documentation of the construction
- EPFL Learning Centre on YouTube