The International Olympic Committee (IOC) will officially inaugurate its new headquarters on 23rdJune during the celebration of Olympic Day. In 2019 this symbolic day will mark the 125thanniversary of the creation of the IOC. The inauguration of Olympic House will be the culmination of a journey that started back in 2014 when the IOC decided to move ahead with the consolidation of its head office.
A sustainable investment
Olympic House is a privately funded investment in sustainability. The sustainability approach is threefold:
- It has met the most demanding sustainability standards both locally and internationally. It has been designed as a sustainable building in terms of both construction and operations, with special efforts put into energy and water efficiency, waste reduction and landscape integration.
- It aims to regroup all IOC staff in one location, resulting in cost savings and increased collaboration.
- It also represents an investment by the IOC in the local economy and development. Eighty per cent of the construction of the building has been completed by local companies and contributed to the development of local competencies.
All IOC staff under one roof
Designed by Danish architecture firm 3XN, Olympic House will allow the IOC to bring together its staff – 500 employees currently spread across Lausanne in four locations – under one roof at a single site. Selected by the IOC in April 2014 after an international architecture competition, 3XN partnered with Swiss architects IttenBrechbühl to oversee the construction of the project.
Attachment to Lausanne, the Olympic Capital
With this new building, the IOC confirms its attachment to Lausanne, the Olympic Capital. Developed in close consultation with the local authorities, Olympic House will offer the region an emblematic architectural landmark and become an important element of the local Louis Bourget public park, which welcomes a diverse group of visitors every year.
A collaborative model
Olympic House is a unique example of innovative collaboration between many different stakeholders, including the IOC, the Worldwide Olympic Partners (Dow, Toyota and Panasonic), 3XN and IttenBrechbühl, sustainability certification bodies, local authorities, suppliers and academics.