POSTED: June 5th 2015

Lausanne 2020 Youth Olympic Games bid presents its plan for the youth Village

Rendering of the building © Lausanne 2020
Rendering of the building © Lausanne 2020

The model of the Vortex representing an Olympic Ring as a legacy © Lausanne 2020
The model of the Vortex representing an Olympic Ring as a legacy © Lausanne 2020

LAURA WALDEN (USA) / Sports Features Communications 

(SFC) There are fewer than two months left in the campaign to host the 2020 Winter Youth Olympic Games and today the Lausanne bid announced the final jury selection for the winning project that will become the village for the Games should they win.

Lausanne is competing against Brașov, Romania to host the event that will be decided at the International Olympic Committee (IOC) session to be held in Kuala Lumpur on July 31st.

Regardless if they win or lose, the building will be built anyway to enhance the community.

The project is entitled "Vortex"  and is blueprinted as a round shaped building with a ring 140m in diameter and 30m high, designed by the architectural firm Zurich Dürig AG. 

It will have 630 rooms, 475 apartments and 50 studios and will house 1,700 beds YOG mode to accommodate the young Olympic athletes and their families should Lausanne win the bid.

In keeping with the Games theme the building will be built in a circle of reminiscent of an Olympic ring and also adds to the commemoration that the city this year will celebrate a centenary as the headquarters of the Modern Olympic Movement.

In the heart of the ring will be a circular plaza 7'800m2 park styled courtyard for recreation and leisure activities.  Two new gyms, a wellness center, restaurants and shops are also planned.

The Department of Finance and External Relations (DFIRE) is working on the center that is estimated to cost 175 million Swiss francs.

The work should begin in January 2017 to be completed by the end of 2019 and would be completed right before the estimated time for the YOG, which would be 10 to 19 of January 2020.

Keywords · Olympics · Youth Olympic Games · Lausanne

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