Marie Sallois, director of corporate development, brand and sustainability for the International Olympic Committee (IOC), will showcase the IOC’s new headquarters in Lausanne, Switzerland, in this morning’s session in the Grand Auditorium, entitled PechaKucha: Engaging The Future.
The new Olympic House will open on June 23 — the 125th birthday of the IOC. It has been designed by Danish architect firm 3XN to bring together the 500 IOC staff who have been working across four different locations in Lausanne.
“We are at MIPIM to explain how the IOC is walking the talk in terms of sustainability, which we would also like to embed in the Olympic Games,” Sallois said. “We are aiming at various certifications, which force us to look at sustainability in a holistic manner and we have succeeded in integrating sustainability into an iconic building.”
The design brief focused on a number of factors — sustainability, flexibility and respectful integration into the public park in which the site sits. “The final point was symbolism,” Sallois said. “We didn’t want to be ostentatious, but had to be iconic.”
Kim Herforth Nielsen, creative director and founder of 3XN Architects, said this had been achieved by creating a sense of movement and sport within the building. “We were designing out from what was going to be happening within the building,” he said.
This and more in the MIPIM News Issue 3; read it in full here…!