After having acted as the village for the 2020 Youth Olympic Games, Vortex will provide housing for nearly 1,000 students and academic visitors.
In May 2017, the first stone was laid for the Vortex building on the Pala site in Chavannes-près-Renens. Since then, an impressive work site has taken shape. Designed by Jean-Pierre Dürig, this crown-shaped construction is being created along a 2.8-kilometre spiralling ramp, with a height of 27 metres and a circumference of 430 metres. The building is located just above the M1 metro line, between the Sorge and Mouline stations. To open the building up to the surrounding area, a footbridge was constructed over the tracks and Route de la Sorge. In January 2020, this Colosseum will act as the village for the Youth Olympic Games (YOG 2020). Vortex will then provide housing for nearly 1,000 students and academic visitors from the beginning of the 2020-2021 academic year. It should also offer a private cultural centre and children’s area, restaurants and shops on the ground floor. With this new addition, the UNIL campus will be full of life both day and night.