All the IOC staff under one roof

The Olympic House allows the IOC to bring together its staff – 500 employees currently spread across Lausanne in four locations - under one roof at a single site.

The IOC will now benefit from two Olympic centres in Lausanne: the Olympic House in Vidy to cater for its administration and offer a welcoming meeting place for IOC Members, and the entire Olympic Movement; and The Olympic Museum and the Olympic Studies Centre dedicated to general public activities in Ouchy.

More than a just a construction project, the Olympic House has been designed with flexibility and people’s engagement in mind. This was achieved through a dynamic internal collaborative process involving the IOC staff. By addressing individual and collective needs, the Headquarters will offer the IOC workforce a qualitative and contemporary working environment. It has been built to adapt to strategic or organisational changes to come, with an agile working environment dedicated to a mobile workforce.

Bringing together IOC staff currently located in different sites in Lausanne

The Olympic House project timeline
December 2012

Presentation of the feasibility study for the consolidation of the IOC headquarters to the Executive Board.

March 2013

Launch of the international architecture competition.

June 2013

Selection, by the architecture competition jury, of the 12 architects invited to develop a project for the new IOC headquarters.

December 2013

Choice of the architecture competition laureates by the competition jury and the IOC Executive Board.

January 2014

Launch of the Parallel Development Studies with the three architecture competition winners.

April 2014

Choice of the preferred architecture partner for the consolidation of the IOC headquarters by the Executive Board.

December 2014

Presentation of the Olympic House project to the 127th IOC Session.

3 March - 2 April 2015

Deconstruction permit public inquiry.

10 April 2015

100-year anniversary of the IOC in Lausanne.

30 June - 30 July 2015

Request for the Olympic House building permit.

8 December 2015

Symbolic laying of the first stone of the new IOC Headquarters.

February 2016

Launch of archaeological studies on the Vidy site and start of deconstruction.

Summer 2016

Construction starts on Olympic House.

23 June 2019


IOC/Adam Mork
The Olympic House functional description
  • Ground floor: Hosting all hospitality functions (restaurant, conference centre, Agora and gym) and covered by a green plinth to foster integration within the park.
  • Office floors: Three identical office floors organised around a central staircase and favouring flexibility. These three office floors promote transparency through a double-skin glass façade.
  • Roof: Outdoor terrace and solar power installations (producing the equivalent of the yearly electricity consumption of 60 households in Lausanne).
  • Basement: Underground car park and support areas (logistics and technical areas).
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