New IOC Headquarters Taking Shape -- Photodesk

(ATR) Check out photos from construction of the new IOC headquarters set to open in 2019.

(ATR) The future home of the Olympic Movement is borrowing heavily from its predecessor, though not in terms of its architecture.

The new headquarters of the International Olympic Committee, scheduled for completion in 2019, is using 95 percent of recycled material from the previous headquarters that is now demolished in Lausanne.

Adjacent to the demolition, the future headquarters – dubbed the Olympic House – is beginning to take shape as construction crews and cranes are permanent fixtures on the shores of Lake Geneva in Vidy. In 2019, the new Olympic House will be the sole meeting place for the IOC’s 600 employees who are now spread out among four separate locations.

"Olympic House is designed to be a welcoming home for IOC members and the meeting place for the entire Olympic Movement," the IOC said in a statement. "This high-quality architectural project developed in close consultation with the local authorities, will offer the region an emblematic building."

Renderings of the headquarters are rife with symbolism from the roof resembling a flying dove, representing peace, to a staircase paying homage to the Olympic Rings.

Around the Rings reporter Brian Pinelli had the opportunity to tour the construction site on the heels of the Extraordinary IOC Session in Lausanne July 11-12.

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Written by Kevin Nutley

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