The public inquiry process for the demolition of the existing buildings is the first step towards this realization, and will take place throughout March. The IOC initially asked the architects selected through the international architecture competition to retain the existing administrative buildings, together with the Château de Vidy, a historic monument. But their configuration and structure proved to be incompatible with the IOC’s new needs and its historical patrimony obligations.
The demolition permit application is necessary to ensure that the preparatory work can be undertaken in the best possible conditions, particularly with regard to the archaeological excavations. This procedure will be followed in mid-2015 by an application for the permit to build Olympic Unity House. Work on this is expected to start in 2016.
This high-quality project, designed by Danish firm 3XN and developed in close consultation with the local authorities, will offer the region an emblematic building which meets the highest sustainable development standards. The design is intended to ensure that the building fits into its environmental and historic setting, and integrates with the local population.
Olympic Unity House will offer the IOC’s staff a functional, modern and sustainable workplace, in line with the IOC’s strategic road map. It will also provide a place for meetings and exchanges for the whole Olympic Movement.
With this project, the IOC is confirming its attachment to the city of Lausanne, at the time when the institution is preparing to celebrate the 100th anniversary of its establishment in Lausanne.