Center for Sciences and Entrepreneurship
The Center for Sciences and Entrepreneurship (CSE) is a new state-of-the-art facility for the Swiss international Institute Le Rosey. It hosts five levels of classrooms, laboratories, and programs to support student innovation, including a Maker’s Lab, Start-up Incubator Space, and Pitch Room—a rectangular space with multiple configurations for presentations and performances—all organized around a grand atrium with a sculptural spiral staircase. more
The circular structure enters a dialogue with the other buildings on campus, both the traditional vernacular stone buildings and Carnal Hall, a metallic domed concert hall also designed by Bernard Tschumi Architects which opened in 2014. The CSE building sits diagonally off-center to the Carnal Hall and the historic axis of the campus. Volumetrically, the CSE is of the same diameter (aprx. 75 meters) and height (aprx. 18 meters) as the nearby Carnal Hall. The CSE also utilizes a similar material palette to the concert hall: steel, concrete, wood, and glass.
Classrooms, labs, and circulation spaces are designed to maximize flexibility and to welcome spontaneous workplaces for small groups to meet. On the perimeter, classrooms open onto a planted outdoor passageway and smaller gardens to encourage students and teachers to invent new ways of learning and teaching. This natural element on the exterior will change shape and color throughout the year, creating a building that amplifies and reflects its surroundings in a continuous state of seasonal transformation.
Anticipated completion, 2025
200,000 sq. feet (18,500 sq. meters)
Institut Le Rosey
Architect and Lead Designer: Bernard Tschumi. Key personnel: Joel Rutten, Valeria Paez Cala, Wenjun Yu, Sonia Grobelny, Christopher Ball, Tina Marinaki, Clement Luk Laurencio, Kai Blatt, Pauline Viennot-Bourgin, Mikail Gün, Greg Barton, Alissa Lopez Serfozo, Susie Steinfield
Executive Architects and engineers: Fehlmann Archtectes SA, Alberti Ingénieurs SA, SRG Engineering, ARUP back