Lausanne Tourism & Convention Bureau announces the official opening of the ArtLab at the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), one of the two Swiss institutes of technology.
Designed by Japanese architect Kengo Kuma, ArtLab’s 250 metre slate roof stretches across three distinct spaces, which are dedicated to encouraging a closer connection between science and culture. With an area of 3,360m2, the completion cost for the venue totalled 35.5million Swiss Francs (approximately €33m). The primary event space is housed in the Montreux Jazz Café, which offers cocktail capacity for 120 people, or 73 seated indoors and 40 on the terrace. The high-tech café showcases the Montreux Jazz Festival archives, which is listed on the UNESCO Memory of the World Register. The terminals within the café’s booths allow visitors to search and listen to the music database, which includes some 5,000 concerts by several artists. The Experimental Exhibition Space sits at the centre of the ArtLab building and will host displays throughout the year. The third element of ArtLab is the DataSquare, designed to share knowledge and interact with the general public by showcasing EPFL’s flagship big data research projects.
Olivier Mathieu, Congress and Meetings Manager at Lausanne Tourism & Convention Bureau, says: "EPFL and its partners have created an incredibly vibrant space, which will appeal to event organisers looking for something different to inspire delegates by offering an innovative dimension to educational activities, team workshops and social occasions. The Bureau has been so inspired by what the ArtLab has to offer that we are holding our next event in this fantastic new venue."
Lausanne boasts over 6,000 beds in 60 hotels. With easy access from Geneva airport, the city is also located just 40 minutes from the Alps.