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New IOC headquarters “Olympic House” to be inaugurated on Olympic Day

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) will officially inaugurate its new headquarters “Olympic House” on 23 June during the celebration of Olympic Day and ahead of the IOC Session (the annual meeting of the IOC members) to be held in Lausanne from 24 to 26 June. In 2019 this symbolic day will mark the 125th anniversary of the creation of the IOC. 

The day before, on 22 June, the public is invited to get moving by participating in the Lausanne Olympic Capital Run which will start in the gardens - featuring a marble arch with the Olympic rings - of the new headquarters of the IOC. Click here to learn more and sign up. The new gardens as well as the playground next to it will be inaugurated just before the Run in the presence IOC President Thomas Bach; Mayor of Lausanne Gregoire Junod; as well as Natacha Litzistorf, City Councillor and Director of Housing, Environment and Architecture; and Florence Germond, City Councillor, Director of Finance and Mobility.

The inauguration of Olympic House will be the culmination of a journey that started back in 2012 when the IOC decided to move ahead with the consolidation of its head office.

According to the IOC, the new Olympic House is privately funded and has been designed as a sustainable building in terms of both construction and operations. It will regroup all IOC staff in one location and also represents an investment in the local economy and development. Eighty per cent of the construction costs have been spent with local companies hence contributing to the development of local competencies.

Olympic House was developed by Danish architecture firm 3XN, which partnered with Swiss architects IttenBrechbühl to oversee the construction of the project.

From 23 June onwards, the IOC will benefit from two Olympic centres in Lausanne: Olympic House in Vidy to cater for its administration and offer a welcoming meeting place for all its stakeholders; and The Olympic Museum and the Olympic Studies Centre in Ouchy to host the general public.

Olympic House is a unique example of innovative collaboration between many different stakeholders, including the IOC, some of its Worldwide Olympic Partners, the architects 3XN and IttenBrechbühl, sustainability certification bodies, local authorities, suppliers and academics.