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The ring-shaped "Vortex" in Lausanne, which was converted into a student residence, a porcelain-clad church in Norway with archaic features, and the renovated "Mole House" in London, which was tunneled by its previous owner.

An Endless Spiral: Student Residence near Lausanne

The Vortex, designed by Jean-Pierre Dürig and Ittenbrechbühl, has already housed 1,800 athletes during the Youth Olympic Games. It now offers a new home to 1,100 students and guests to postsecondary institutions.

Client: Pensionskasse des Kantons Waadt
Architecture, Landscape architecture: Dürig AG (Entwurf), IttenBrechbühl (Realisierung)
Structural engineering: Thomas Jundt
Location: Route de Praz Véguey 29, Chavannes-près-Renens (CH)

Resurrected in White Porcelain: Church by Espen Surnevik

Porsgrunn's principal church - a wooden building from 1760 - burnt down to the ground ten years ago. This gave rise to an emotionally charged discussion among the Norwegian city's inhabitants on whether to rebuild or replace it with something new. The outcome, a modern church designed by Espen Survenik in collaboration with Trodahl Architekter, has stood in the stead of its Baroque predecessor since 2019.

Client: Porsgrunn kirkelige Fellesråd
Architects: Espen Surnevik mit Trodahl Arkitekter
Planning of structural framework: A.L.Høyer Skien
Location: Porsgrunn (NO)

The Mole Man’s Legacy: Rehabilitation of Mole House in London

Mole House, which stands in London’s Hackney district, takes its name from the ramified system of tunnels dug beneath the structure and garden by former owner William Lyttle. On behalf of artist Sue Webster, David Adjaye and his studio have made the ruins inhabitable again.

Client: Sue Webster
Architects: Adjaye Associates
Structural engineering: Alcock Lees Partnership
Location: 121 Mortimer Road, London N1 4JY (GB)

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