There were a number of recently completed, high profile projects that began showing up last week. One is Sanna’s Rolex Learning Center in Lausanne, located in the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale campus. The design provides a massive open space that is broken up by a series of undulations in the floor and ceiling rather then standard partitions. The openness encourages a more communicative environment between students, teachers, and the public. The waving floor also creates several unique outdoor spaces as it rises over courtyards, and has several small circular outdoor spaces carved out of it. The most impressive feat is the construction of the floor slab, whose massive spans and thin profile required ingenious engineering to manipulate and compress concrete in ways that had never been done before. More images, and a video here.
This concrete work is incredible. Some of the other images linked show the true beauty of the concretes spanning ability. Sanna.. I love you.
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