Pavilion Smart Training / Martin Handley, Yann Junod, Nicola Schürch
A description of the text provided by the architect. The Smart Training Pavilion is located in the heart of the University of Lausanne and the EPFL Sports Center. It is not a fitness center, but aims to facilitate the link between academia, Olympic athletes, sports science, and the development of prototype technology.
For students by students. The new building was born from an innovative idea. Through a contest hosted by the Institute of Architecture and Sustainable Technology (LAST), it is to give local students the opportunity to participate in the expansion of the campus. The award-winning proposal, designed by Martin Handley, Yann Junod, and Nicola Schürch, was selected for its consistent context and architectural response. The jury also emphasized the conservation of large trees, modular organizations, and successful implementations that enable a resolute, low-tech approach.
Sustainability and rationality. The use of wood was naturally established due to its low carbon footprint and local availability and continued to define the overall design. The prefabricated wooden structure built on top of the existing underground changing room is lightweight, easy to assemble and cost-effective. It creates a timeless and flexible space for an ever-evolving program and defines the atmosphere and identity of the building.
A low-tech approach for high-tech programs. The almost transparent façade is surrounded by a multi-faceted wooden grid. Developed as a low-tech, bio-climate device, the double façade provides optimal natural light and thermal comfort to meet the highest energy standards. Beyond technical performance, the façade has become a tool of architectural experimentation and expression to establish a visual relationship with the surrounding parks, provide privacy to users, and express the dynamic nature of the program. rice field. It encourages visitors to roam it and experience its evolving transparency and personality. At night, light passes through a wooden grid and the pavilion becomes a glowing beacon in the park. The new pavilion embraces the vision of a university campus as a living laboratory, demonstrating the potential for a modern low-tech approach developed by the local academic community.