3XN selected to redevelop lausanne’s olympic headquarters
image courtesy of the international olympic committee




the international olympic committee has announced that copenhagen-based practice 3XN will complete the redevelopment of lausanne’s olympic headquarters in switzerland, following a unanimous recommendation by the IOC architecture college. the winning concept for the IOC headquarters will be located on a 24,000 square meter site on the banks of lake geneva providing an ‘olympic campus’ of administrative buildings for 500 employees. other buildings on-site, including olympic house built in 1986 and the multifunction center built in 2005, could be partially demolished or incorporated as part of the new design. in winning the competition 3XN fended off a host of respected names including toyo ito, OMA and diller scofidio & renfro.


‘this is an incredible honor for our studio. the olympic movement has many expressions that are about people coming together in the best possible way. we have designed the new IOC headquarters as a physical expression of the olympic movement and its values expressed through architecture,’ commented kim herforth nielsen, principal and creative director of 3XN.


‘it has been a process of hard work with a dedicated team in collaboration with the IOC project group and their experts. this has resulted in a highly developed design submission and is an example of a very well organized design process,’ continued jan ammundsen, partner and head of design at 3XN.


the full list of shortlisted practices includes: 3XN, amanda levete architects, brasil arquiteturadiller scofidio & renfrofarshid moussavi architecture, groupe 3 architectes S.N.C, jean marc IBOS – myrto vitart, nieto sobejano arquitectos, OMAPIUARCH s.r.l, toyo ito & associates, and XDGA – xaveer de geyter architecten B.V.B.A.


3XN’s winning design will be revealed by the IOC at a later date.