3XN / GXN and IB selected to design a new eco-tope for the Swiss EPFL campus
EPFL Innovation Park (EIP) has selected 3XN | GXN and IB (Itten + Brechbühl SA) have designed and built a new “ecotope”, a university on a new site west of the main EPFL campus in Ecublens, Switzerland. Expand Science Park and Innovation Square. Ecotope is a vibrant and innovative market for ideas that acts as an “ecosystem where policy makers, researchers, investors, executives, students and citizens can get together for open dialogue and debate.” It will be. The concept of the project not only brings together business, science and technology leaders, but also prioritizes the principles of green space access and biocompatibility.
Since 1991, EPFL, one of the world’s leading public research institutes, has housed the EPFL Innovation Park (EIP), a space dedicated to innovation. The growing demand for strategic research partnerships provides an opportunity to rethink what innovation in schools looks like. Innovation Ecotope is offered as a solution to companies interested in innovation that need a place to meet every day, whether they are startups or established companies. The proposed design is part of a strategic 250,000 square meter master plan aimed at creating a social, sustainable and active site for the technology industry at Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne.
A green pedestrian route that sets high priorities for green land access and biocompatibility principles and connects ecotopes to other zones on the EIP and EPFL campuses brings nature to the center of the site and is the main pedestrian. Extend outward toward the axis. The design of the Master Plan and its main building is based on six main principles. Biophilia hypothesis, contingency, modularity, sustainability, strong identityWhen comfortableEverything is linked to ensure flexibility and adaptability to the changing needs of the future.
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Our design addresses the challenges posed by the EPFL Innovation Park and creates a place of positive impact on society over the years to come. Ecotope will be a campus that promotes and produces disruptive and innovative solutions by becoming an interface between EPFL and society as a whole. –Jan Ammundsen, 3XN Senior Partner Incharge
The main building is located on the southeast corner of the site and functions as a gateway and social hub for the Ecotope Campus. Labs and offices are located around the building and separated by Twin Atria. Twin Atria will also be a hub for innovation and collaboration.
The 3XN and IB joint proposal was selected from four invited proposals. Both companies were recently selected to design Tourtilia, a multipurpose timber tower to be built on the outskirts of Lausanne. The two offices also worked together to complete the IOC headquarters in Lausanne, which was launched in the summer of 2019. The first phase of construction is scheduled to begin in 2023. A clean transportation system will also be developed to connect Ecotope to the main EPFL campus.