Rolex Learning Center in Sanaa

Rolex Learning Center in Sanaa

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In today’s blog entry, we are going to learn more about the Rolex Learning Center, which is located in Lausanne, Switzerland, and opened in 2010. While Rolex is well-known for both being one of the world’s most eminent watchmakers and their charitable contributions to various organizations, mainly having to do with orphaned children, they also fund other altruistic endeavors as well, with the Rolex Learning Center being just one example of their charitable nature.

Rolex Learning Center in Sanaa

We will begin by discussing the center itself, as well as the architecture firm, Sanaa, which was responsible for creating the project.

What is the Rolex Learning Center?

The Rolex Learning Center is located at the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, or EPFL, as it is more popularly known, which is a university that specifically caters to students who are passionate about studying engineering, science, and technology, among other subjects.

The center functions as a laboratory for those looking to learn more about those topics, and Rolex has spared no expense in making sure the center is fully outfitted. It contains a library with 500,000 manuscripts in it, as well as an international cultural hub for the college. What is even more impressive is that the center is open to both students and the general public, meaning anyone who lives in the nearby locality is able to fully take advantage of the facility.

Rolex Learning Center in Sanaa

The center occupies a single space of almost 66,000 square feet in the Swiss countryside. It allows access to a wide variety of services for those who choose to use them, including library access, social spaces for studying, on-campus restaurants and cafes, and a wide variety of beautiful outdoor areas. The design of the building was fairly innovative, as it utilizes a series of elegant slopes and terraces which then undulate around a series of internal patios. The supports for the visually striking curving roof are almost invisible, the implementation of which required new methods of construction in order for the project to be completed as designed.

Patrick Aebischer, the President of EPFL, was excited about the public unveiling of the project, stating in an interview that “The Rolex Learning Center exemplifies our university as a place where traditional boundaries between disciplines are broken down, where mathematicians and engineers meet with neuroscientists and microtechnicians to envision new technologies that improve lives. We invite the public into this space to convey the message that working in science is working for the advancement of society.”

Rolex Learning Center in Sanaa

Having the Rolex Learning Center placed at EPFL was a major coup for the Swiss university, which is considered to be one of the world’s most respected colleges with regard to technology and science. The school is well-known for its innovations in scientific research and new methods of teaching and learning.

In 2010, it was tied for number one university in Europe, along with Cambridge, with regards to the fields of Engineering Technology and Computer Sciences. The campus overlooks Lake Geneva and the Swiss Alps and annually has over 4,000 researchers and 7,000 students working and studying there each year.

Rolex Learning Center in Sanaa

Who Built the Rolex Learning Center?

The Rolex Learning Center was completed by the Japanese architecture firm Sanaa, which is an acronym for Sejima and Nishizawa and Associates. The firm was founded in 1995 by Kazuyo Sejima and Ryue Nishizawa, who were awarded the Pritzker Prize in 2010. The Pritzker Prize is the highest honor one can receive in the world of architecture. Kazuyo Sejima is only the second woman in history to have won this prize.

While the team is well-known in their native Japan for having worked on a variety of successful projects, including the 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art and the Kitagata Housing Project, they have also designed buildings in a plethora of different countries as well, including the United States, Switzerland, Germany, and Australia, among others.

In the United States, they were responsible for the design of the New Museum of Contemporary Art, the Glass Pavilion at the Toledo Museum of Art, and Grace Farms, which is a public space owned by the Grace Farms Foundation in New Canaan, Connecticut.

The team’s most recent project that they successfully completed was the Taichung Green Museumbrary, which was unveiled in 2022 in Taichung, Taiwan, which is located in the central part of the country.

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