LAUSANNE 2020 INAUGURATES ITS YOUTH OLYMPIC VILLAGE

On 31 Oct 2019, the keys to the Vortex were handed over to the Organising Committee of Lausanne 2020 by the pension fund of the State of Vaud (Caisse de pensions de l’Etat de Vaud, CPEV) which financed and managed the construction of the building. An official ceremony was held on site.

Born out of a partnership between the State of Vaud and CPEV, this symbolic building was developed and built in record speed and completed in time to serve its initial function as the Youth Olympic Village for Lausanne 2020. The bid of Lausanne and Switzerland for the Youth Olympic Games was indeed the accelerator that enabled the authorities to create the necessary partnerships to develop this spectacular infrastructure that will then serve as a student lodging complex in the heart of the Lausanne University campus. It has since the beginning been an example of the smart use of an Olympic event to accelerate the development of a much-needed infrastructure, in this case for the future sound development of the local university and other academic institutions.

During the Games, the Vortex will serve as the main Youth Olympic Village for the athletes and their delegations. For the first time in the history of the Youth Olympic Games, all athletes staying in Lausanne will be housed under one roof. Vortex is a 27-meter high, ring-shaped construction made up of 712 units spread along a 1% sloped, 2.8 km single spiral ramp. The Vortex’s ideal location near multiple public transport lines will facilitate the athletes’ journey between the Olympic Village and the competition venues.

In line with Lausanne 2020’s commitment to sustainability and to serving as an accelerator for the development of the region, the Vortex was conceived as a long-term investment for the youth, designed to respond to the ever-growing demand for student housing in the region. As of summer 2020 and for decades to come, the Vortex will welcome 1’000+ students, staff and academic visitors of the University of Lausanne.

Virginie Faivre, President of Lausanne 2020: “Vortex will be an exceptional home for young athletes during the Games. The Olympic Games are not just about the sports – they are also about the people, the friendships and the memories created together. And what better way for young athletes to experience the Olympic dream in its fullest than by sharing it with the entire Olympic family under one roof.”

Ian Logan, CEO of Lausanne 2020: ” Vortex has, since the beginning of the Lausanne 2020 adventure, been a key symbol of our engagement for legacy and sustainable development. A project not created exclusively for the Games, but whose development has been accelerated by the Games. That’s what Lausanne 2020 is all about. New, smart Games which adapt to their region and participate in their long-term development. We are incredibly proud to be inaugurating this exceptional building, which will serve as a home to thousands of students in years to come. A building which will forever be embraced by the Olympic spirit. Our warmest thanks go to the State of Vaud, the CPEV and the Retraites Populaires, who have all been at the helm of this project from the beginning.”

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