The International Union of Architects (UIA) and the International Olympic Committee (IOC) collaborated to launch a two-stage international architectural competition in 2013.
The selection documents were published on 28 March 2013. The 12 candidates chosen to take part in this project competition, by the jury in Lausanne on 17 June 2013, were the following architecture practices:
- Jean Marc IBOS – Myrto Vitart (France)
- XDGA – Xaveer De Geyter Architecten (Belgium)
- Brasil Arquitetura Ltda. (Brazil)
- Groupe 3 Architectes S.N.C. (Morocco)
- AL_A – Amanda Levete Architects Ltd (United Kingdom)
- Toyo Ito & Associates, Architects (Japan)
- Office for Metropolitan Architecture (Netherlands)
- Nieto Sobejano Arquitectos GmbH (Germany)
- PIUARCH S.r.l. (Italy)
- 3XN (Denmark)
- Diller Scofidio + Renfro (USA)
- Farshid Moussavi Architecture (United Kingdom).
The second step of the procedure (architecture competition) was launched on 30 July 2013. The jury session took place in Lausanne on 7 and 8 December 2013.
The International Olympic Committee (IOC) officially opened Olympic House – one of the most sustainable buildings in the world – on 23 June 2019. The inauguration was the highlight of the celebrations to mark the 125th anniversary of the IOC.
Developed by Danish architecture firm 3XN, Olympic House was designed around the five key elements of symbolism, integration, flexibility, collaboration and sustainability. The firm partnered with Swiss architects IttenBrechbühl to oversee the construction of the building. The result is a building that authentically reflects Olympism, the Olympic Movement and the role of the IOC as a catalyst for collaboration in an iconic form.
Theme and objectives
The objective of the competition was to:
- Create new headquarters for 600 staff members on one site.
- Plan for the development of the “Olympic House” housing administrative buildings. The surface area of the plot available to the IOC is 24,000 m2.
Thomas BACH, IOC President
- Jacques ROGGE, IOC Honorary President
- Nawal EL MOUTAWAKEL, IOC Vice-President
- Craig REEDIE, IOC Vice-President
- John COATES, IOC Vice-President
- Ching-Kuo WU, architect, IOC member
- Lambis NIKOLAOU, civil engineer, IOC member
- Ser Miang NG, IOC member
- Christophe DE KEPPER, IOC Director General
- Gilbert FELLI,Olympic Games Executive Director
- Alejandro ARAVENA, architect
- Kengo KUMA, architect
- Inès LAMUNIERE, architect
- Dominique PERRAULT, architect
- Brigitte SHIM, architect
- Craig VERZONE, landscape architect
- Olivier FRANÇAIS, civil engineer member of Lausanne City Council, member of the Swiss Parliament
- Nicole CHRISTE, Lausanne City architect
- Mauro Eugenio GIULIANI, civil engineer
- Timo LUMM, IOC Television & Marketing Services Director
- Jean Benoît GAUTHIER, IOC Technology and Information Director
- Marie SALLOIS DEMBREVILLE, Head of IOC Corporate Development
- Thierry TRIBOLET, Head of IOC Technical and Logistics Services
- Nicolas ROGEMOND, IOC Project manager
The following three winning projects were chosen:
- “Unity House” by 3xN (Denmark)
- “Olympic Forum” by Farshid Moussavi Architecture (England)
- “One People Under One Roof” by Xaveer De Geyter Architecten (Belgium)
The three firms were then invited to further develop their concepts and in April 2014, the IOC Executive Board chose Danish firm 3xN as its preferred architectural partner.
The contracting authority paid each selected candidate who submitted a project in conformity with the competition programme the sum of CHF 30,000, excluding VAT.
In addition, the jury had at its disposal an amount of CHF 100,000, excluding VAT, to pay for at least three prizes.