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Francesco della Casa


Barely five weeks after the opening of the Rolex Learning Center, the verdict fell¬óthe building's architects, Kazuyo Sejima and Ryue Nishizawa (SAANA), were announced the winners of the 2010 Pritzker Prize, the most prestigious prize in architecture. The jury celebrated an ¬ì¬Öarchitecture that is simultaneously delicate and powerful, precise and fluid, ingenious but not overly or overtly clever; for the creation of buildings that successfully interact with their contexts and the activities they contain, creating a sense of fullness and experiential richness¬î. At the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), the Japanese architects' unique procédure allowed for a dream to become a reality by creating what one might call the first ¬ìenhanced library.¬î A building, a new heart for the campus , that gathers together all the different forms of knowledge access and exchange in one open space. A place for life as well; where a new rapport between the exterior and the interior is established. The list of technical challenges inherent in the construction of this gently sleeping giant, undulating over 160 meters, is almost infinite. Its construction unceasingly forced engineers and builders to imagine new solutions. This book tells the story of the genesis of the Rolex Learning Center¬óit opens the door to a revolution in knowledge access.


  • Preface
  • Book 1: The Dream
  • Introduction
  • Building as landscape
  • Colonization of a countryside
  • An infinite library
  • The Emblem of Multi-Tasking
  • Gathering
  • Patronage and cooperation
  • Twelve Projects, One Winner
  • Yet to be invented
  • Walter Niedermayr Work
  • Book 2: The realization
  • A promenade inside
  • Amplified Space
  • How to build perforated shells?
  • Nicknames
  • Flora and fauna
  • Adoption
  • Postface


Publisher: EPFL Press English Imprint

Author(s): Francesco Della Casa, Eugene Meilz

Collection: Architecture

Published: 20 may 2010

Edition: 1st edition

Media: Book

Pages count Book: 224

Format (in mm) Book: 170 x 235

Weight (in grammes): 870

Language(s): English

EAN13 Book: 9782940222445

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