Rolex learning center library

EPFL’s New Library Takes Pritzker Prize

The Pritzker Prize, architecture’s highest honor, went to Kazuyo Sejima and Ryue Nishizawa of SANAA for their latest building, the Rolex Learning Center at the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL). The news, announced Monday, March 29, 2010, brought words of gratitude from the architects to their partners at EPFL.

“Thank you for giving us the opportunity to make architecture,” Kazuyo Sejima and Ryue Nishizawa wrote in an email to EPFL President Patrick Aebischer, “This prize would not be possible without your support.”

The new EPFL library and campus meeting place opened to the public on February 22nd and will be inaugurated on May 27th. It includes office spaces, a publishing house, a cafeteria and restaurant, and a laboratory for learning technologies (CRAFT).

Pritzker juror Lord Peter Palumbo is quoted as saying, “[The Rolex Learning Center at EPFL] has got an excitement and a vitality to it, as well as an originality that you don’t often see. It’s the sort of building that stops you dead in your tracks.”