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Rolex Learning Center

SANAA Kazuyo Sejima + Ryue Nishizawa

Europa | Losanna

SANAA’s Rolex Learning Center is scarcely orthogonal, cellular or conventionally institutional looking anywhere on its 88,000 m2 site.
Charged with housing a complex programme for nearly 900 students of 120 nationalities providing facilities for study, teaching, research, socialising, entertainment and administration that are now open from 7am to midnight, SANAA has set up a potent dialogue in built form between environment and learning, object and subject. Technically rigorous, informally fluid, it is an androgynous building that reflects today’s multidisciplinary, digitally enabled behaviour patterns - and does so without it feeling forced or artful.
The Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne (ECAL), a top ranked engineering, technology and computer sciences campus renowned for the Blue Brain Project (reproducing a biologically accurate digital model of a...

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