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02. October 2013

Black stainless steel mesh allows colours to shine

A glorious view of the Alps and the Lake Geneva make the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) technical university in Switzerland a truly charming proposition. The talent factory draws top students of engineering and architecture from across the globe, thereby making the campus situated to the west of Lausanne in Ecublens among the fastest-growing in the world. Constant expansion is the answer to a continuous shortage of space and also represents an attempt to give the campus a contemporary and meaningful look.

French architect Dominique Perrault was awarded the contract for three new construction and refurbishment projects for the EPFL. He designed the now refurbished former university library, which today functions as a central administration and service building, as a colourful postulate on reclaiming public space. Large, movable solar protection elements made of black-coated stainless steel mesh from the internationally leading technical weaving mill GKD – GEBR. KUFFERATH AG play a key part in unleashing the full effect of the bright facade.

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