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Sports Complex Métamorphose - Prés-de-Vidy
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DESIGNER
 
 
gmp - von Gerkan, Marg und Partner
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DESCRIPTION
 
gmp von Gerkan Marg und Partner Sports Complex LausanneIn association with Jean-Baptiste Ferrari et Associes SA, the architects gmp · von Gerkan, Marg and Partners have won the “Métamorphose - Prés-de-Vidy” project competition for a sports complex and a new urban layout of the surrounding area, west of Lausanne.

A single circular building combines all functions needed for the sports complex under one roof. The round structure accommodates not only an UEFA football stadium for 13,000 spectators as well as a competition swimming pool, but also a boarding school with special sports facilities, the municipal sports administration and a P & R parking facility for the city of Lausanne. The urban design for the adjoining areas provides residential and commercial units totalling 100,000 m2 net floor space.

gmp von Gerkan Marg und Partner Sports Complex LausanneThe design manages to create an urban link between the diverse structure of the neighbouring quarters, the new proposed residential quarter and the shores of Lake Geneva. Situated on a triangular lot, the site is defined in the south by the motorway and in the west and north by large arterial roads. The monolithic disc, which seems to float above its plinth and which can be seen from afar, creates a new and defining landmark at the entrance to the city of Lausanne. The large, succinct shape reflects the public and prestigious character of the complex.

The structure of the stadium lies within an ellipse that is enclosed by a larger circular geometry. The remaining crescent shaped area was then allotted for the swimming hall. The roof area is used for harnessing renewable energy with the help of solar thermal and voltaic panels. The swimming pool has been fitted with sky lights to allow for natural daylight. The boarding school and offices have been arranged on the first floor along the periphery of the circle where they benefit from optimum daylight and views of the surrounding landscape.

The sports complex is surrounded by open spaces, which together, form a homogenous whole. The stadium opens out towards the south towards Lake Geneva and spectators can enjoy a wonderful view of the panoramic Alpine landscape. For visitors to the nearby park along Lake Geneva, approach the sports complex via the newly created landscape bridge. This opening conveys a generous gesture, providing views of the activities in the arena from the outside. The concourse in front of the swimming complex serves as the interface between the residential and the public, sports and leisure, areas. The sports complex, with the newly created open leisure areas and the adjacent residential quarter, is the starting point of an extensive urban expansion programme for the city of Lausanne.
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LOCATION
 
Continent
Europe
Nation
Switzerland [Schweiz/Suisse]
Canton
Vaud
District
Lausanne
Town
Lausanne
Address
Avenue du Chablais, Route de Chavannes (Autoroute Lausanne-Gèneve)
 
 
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TYPOLOGY
 
Main
ARCHITECTURE
Sports buildings
Stadiums, grandstands
Gyms and swimming pools
Sporting school

TOWN PLANNING AND URBAN DESIGN
Urban design and urban renovation
Multifunctional areas
Additional
ARCHITECTURE
Residential buildings
Multiple dwelling
Buildings for offices and professional practises
Offices
Transport buildings and structures
Garages, car parking, etc.
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CHRONOLOGY
 
Project
2011 - 2012     project winner of competition
Realisation
2016 - 2019
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CLIENT
 
 
Lausanne City Council for all public facilities
Private investors for residential and commercial units
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DIMENSIONAL
DATA
 
Capacity
stadium seats
13,000 (football matches)
20,000 (other events)

multi-storey car parking
spaces 1,220
Dimensions
Swimming complex
25 metre pool
50 metre pool
10 metre diving platform
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STRUCTURES
 
 
TENSIS Limited
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LANDSCAPE DESIGN
 
 
Hager Partner AG
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STAFF
 
Associate designers
Jean-Baptiste Ferrari et Associés SA
Design
Volkwin Marg and Hubert Nienhoff
Project management
Florian Illenberger
Design team
gmp
Kristian Spencker, Christiane Wermers, Florian Illenberger
Marleen Michaels, Tobias Mäscher, Christian Möchel, Claudia Stelzmann, Peter Axelsen

jbf
Jean-Baptiste Ferrari, Sébastien Zwissig, Floriane Robert, Chantal Billaud, Xavier Tauxe, James Lee, Rainer Epp
Consultant for energy and environment
TRANSSOLAR Energietechnik GmbH
Transport planning
KONTEXTPLAN AG
Fire safety
CR Conseils Sàrl
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CREDITS
 
 
Images and drawings © gmp von Gerkan, Marg und Partner
Text, images and drawings courtesy by gmp von Gerkan, Marg und Partner

gmp von Gerkan Marg und Partner Sports Complex Lausanne



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