In the new districts of the West of Lausanne in Switzerland, which are developing rapidly, an impressive sports centre is emerging under the direction of Pont 12 architects. It includes a 14,000-seat ice rink and an Olympic-sized swimming pool. The rink has already hosted the Youth Olympic Games in January 2019, while the pool is scheduled to be completed in mid-2021.

As a unique concept in the world, the rink is illuminated by continuous light strips that pass through the space. The complex lighting of the swimming pool, made up of nearly 1,000 lights inserted into the ceiling, makes it possible to create dotted lines of light accompanying the swimmers' path, but also a starry sky for leisure moments.

Table tennis and fencing are also illuminated by thin bands of suspended light. All of the lighting in sports spaces meets the latest extremely complex standards in terms of power, light levels (horizontal and vertical) and uniformity. By their disposition, multiplication or spreading of sources, it also seeks to respond to the recurring problem of glare in sports facilities.

The facade of thick glass panels is backlit, playing between façade and interior lighting





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L'Observatoire International

Vincent Jendly / Pont 12

Radek Brunecky / Pont 12