Rolex Learning Center

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Construction of the Learning Center (mid-2009) on the Lausanne campus.
EPFL Learning Center, in 2012.

The Rolex Learning Center ("EPFL Learning Centre") is the campus hub and library for the École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), in Lausanne, Switzerland. Designed by the architects SANAA, it opened on February 22nd, 2010.[1]


Kazuyo Sejima and Ryue Nishizawa, partners of the Tokyo-based design firm SANAA, were selected as the lead architects in EPFL's international competition of December 2004.

The main library, containing 500,000 printed works, is one of the largest scientific collections in Europe; four large study areas can accommodate 860 students with office space for over 100 EPFL and other employees; a state-of-the-art multimedia library will give access to 10,000 online journals and 17,000 e-books, with advanced lending machines and systems for bibliographic search; a study centre for use by postgraduate researchers will provide access to the universityʼs major archive and research collection, and there are teaching areas including ten "bubbles" for seminars, group work and other meetings and a Language and Multimedia Center and associated administration offices.

Main functions[edit]

Interior of the building.
  • Multimedia library – 500,000 volumes
  • Student workspaces – 860 seats
  • Multipurpose hall "Forum Rolex" – 600 seats
  • Café + Bar – 53 seats + exterior
  • Food Court – 128 seats + exterior
  • Restaurant – 80 seats
  • Career Center
  • Library staff office
  • EPFL Precious Book Collection
  • Student Association Office – "AGEPoly"
  • Alumni Association Office – "A3"
  • Research Laboratory for Computer-Human Interaction in Learning and Instruction - CHILI
  • Center for Digital Education - CEDE
  • Publication office, Presses polytechniques et universitaires romandes
  • Bank, Crédit suisse
  • Bookshop "La Fontaine"
  • Parking (500 places)


Part of the film Love Is the Perfect Crime (2014) is filmed at the EPFL Learning Centre.[2]

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ Architectural record: SANAA Designs Artificial Landscape, retrieved 11 March 2010
  2. ^ (French) Antoine Duplan, "Le loup déguisé en prof de littérature", Le Temps, Wednesday 22 January 2014, p. 22.

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Coordinates: 46°31′06″N 6°34′05″E / 46.51833°N 6.56806°E / 46.51833; 6.56806