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PHOTOGRAPHY / architecture

Rolex Learning Centre. SANAA

Écublens, Lausanne

photos:  Jian Yong Khoo

The Rolex Learning Centre sprawls itself across a vast expanse of the EPFL campus, its striking undulations reminiscent of the nearby alps. The interior is a visual delight where artificial hills and valleys replace traditional partitions – prompting different kinds of occupation and spatial interactions.

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