POSTED: March 5th 2015

IOC takes first step towards the building of the Olympic Unity House

Olympic Unity House /
Olympic Unity House /

MARISSA FLANDERS / Sports Features Communications

(SFC) As announced last December, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) has started moving forward with the consolidation of their headquarters in Lausanne.

Throughout the month of March, the IOC will take the first step towards realizing this, which starts with the public inquiry process for the demolition of the current administrative buildings. When the IOC first started this project they asked the selected architects, who were chosen through the international architecture competition, they would like to retain the existing administrative buildings, along with the historic monument of Chateau de Vidy. However, the IOC's new needs and their historical patrimony obligations, their new configuration and structure of the headquarters were incompatible.

To ensure that the preparatory work that is undertaken will be in the best possible conditions, with particular regard to the archaeological excavations, a demolition permit application is top priority. In mid-2015, such a procedure will be followed by an application for the permit to approve the building of the Olympic Unity House. Then work is expected to begin sometime next year. 

This new project, which was designed by Danish firm 3XN and developed with local authorities providing consultations, will offer the region an emblematic building that will meet the top sustainable development standards. The design of this high-quality project will fit right into the historic and environmental settings, while still integrating with the local population.

The IOC's staff will have a modern, sustainable ad functional workplace, which will fit into the IOC's strategic road map. The Olympic Unity House will also serve as a place for exchanges and meetings for the entire Olympic Movement.

The new Olympic Unity House confirms the attachment the IOC has with the city of Lausanne, during a time when they are preparing to celebrate their 100th anniversary of their establishment.

** MARISSA FLANDERS is a graduate of Saint Leo University with a Bachelor's Degree in Sport Business. She has over four years of writing experience and has a real passion for ice hockey following the Pittsburgh Penguins on her blog

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