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The structure was built during a 5-day workshop, involving over 200 students who worked under the guidance of 12 studio directors and the wood engineer Rémy Meylan. Meant to unfold as a series of successive spaces, the structure aims to “invoke questions, contains possibilities, and is open for interpretation.

The project was a collaboration meant to challenge the designers to think outside of the architecture box, and helped the students explore how design could take place not from the top down, but as a mutual effort. The space acts as a sort of “genetic code” for future construction concepts.

timber structure, Lausanne, EPFL ALICE, timber installation, Rolex Learning Center, student project, green architecture, timber, architecture student workshop, France

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One of the main topics explored through the project is the feasibility of architectural design that brings forth a multilayered discourse on space, culture, and ideas. The project has been recently completed and is open to visitors on the EPFL campus in Lausanne.

+ EPFL | École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne

+ ALICE Studio Architects

Lead photo by Aloys Mutzenberg