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Université of Lausanne

New building for the humanities on the UNIL Campus.

The Humanities building is located in the heart of the University of Lausanne campus.
Our aim is to integrate the new building for the humanities (nouveau bâtiment pour les Sciences Humaines [NBSH]) in a natural and obvious way, as a missing piece of the puzzle. The aim is to take advantage of a unique existing setting by providing a bioclimatic building adapted to the local climate. The hexagonal-shaped building dialogues with the rest of the campus to create a coherent whole.
Developed around a central atrium, the project houses teaching and learning spaces, collaborative work spaces dedicated to research, a meeting centre and a rooftop restaurant.
In a responsible and locally-oriented approach, the building has a timber post and beam construction system.

Client : État de Vaud
Location : Lausanne, Suisse
Surface : 11 800 m²
Status : Competition
Date : 2021
Key points
  • Timber construction.
  • Unique landscape setting.
  • Human scale.
  • Promoting well-being.
Download the project sheet


Patriarche (Architecture, Interior Architecture, MEP Engineering, EBQ, Cost, BIM, Landscape)


3D pictures: ©Patriarche