Friday, August 26, 2011
Rolex Learning Center is a Work of Art
Funded by luxury watchmaker Rolex and described as “an intimate public space” by co-architect Kazuyo Sejima, of SANAA, this undulating concrete-and-glass structure in Lausanne, Switzerland, combines laboratories, a library, restaurants, social spaces, and more on the campus of the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne.
Perforated with openings that admit sunlight and frame plazas, patios, and other public spaces, the roof has an organic profile that swells and subsides. SANAA’s founders, Sejima and Ryue Nishizawa, were awarded the 2010 Pritzker Architecture Prize, the jury hailing the partners for their “vision of a building as a seamless whole, where the physical presence retreats and forms a sensuous background for people, objects, activities, and landscapes.”
Read more: http://www.architecturaldigest.com/architects/features/2011/07/architecture-survey#ixzz1TKAu5Ytf