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Higher Knowledge

SANAA’S Rolex Learning Center at EPFL Since 2010

A unique book about one of the most famous buildings in Switzerland.
The Rolex Learning Center at EPFL Lausanne opened in 2010. Designed by Pritzker Prize laureates SANAA (Kazuyo Sejima and Ryue Nishizawa) from Japan, it soon became one of the more well-known buildings of recent times. In this book, akin to an architectural novella,  Christophe Van Gerrewey tells the variegated story of this piece of architecture—from many points of view, with some unexpected twists, and accompanied by unusual images. Through Higher Knowledge, the Rolex Learning Center emerges not only as a remarkable architectural achievement, but also as a building that contains knowledge, and that can speak to us in different ways.

96 pages | illustrated in halftones throughout | 5 1/2 x 7 3/4

Architecture: European Architecture

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"It is a quick read, in other words, but it is not short on ideas. Van Gerrewey explores a myriad [of] aspects of the distinctive undulating building completed in 2010 (the same year Kazuyo Sejima and Ryue Nishizawa won the Pritzker Prize): from the campus's origins and the building's programmatic requirements, to situating the project's flowing spaces within other open-plan buildings and how the undulating slabs of concrete are structured."

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