Vortex, University and Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Lausanne VD

In view of the ever-increasing need for student housing, the Canton of Waadt has decided to erect a new building on the university campus. 

All of the units are integrated into the axis of a helical ramp. Residents, students, and academic guests of the university alike use the ramp, which is the core element of this new social complex.

For the campus, the building represents a unique communicative meeting point. The spiral joint walkway promotes a special feeling of community, of social contact, exchange, and solidarity. The central inner court is an attractive area suitable for a variety of uses. The building is ideal for all elements of student life, such as sharing, discovery, exchange, meeting, and learning.


Webcam on the south side

Webcam on the north side

Contact person Vincent Wolfensberger
Client Caisse de Pension de l'Etat de Vaud
Architect Itten+Brechbühl AG; Dürig Architekten
Start of construction 2017
Start of operations 2019
Floor space 36 700 m2
Construction volume 116 300 m3