Book recommendation; Vortex: Architecture of the Circle

From the publisher:

Vortex: Architecture of the Circle
Author Philip Jodidio

A study of the striking Vortex building in Lausanne, Switzerland, a powerful reflection of circles in architecture.

Edited and authored by the renowned architecture expert Philip Jodidio, this book is dedicated to a new, eye-catching building by Swiss architect Jean-Pierre Dürig located in Lausanne, also known as the “Olympic Capital.” As the structure’s name suggests, Vortex is an 88-foot-high tower in the shape of a cylinder, rising around a single, continuous 1.7-mile-long ramp. Its spiraling movement creates an emblematic shape reminiscent of Olympic rings—a fitting tribute for a building that housed the 1,700 talented young athletes who competed in the Winter Youth Olympic Games in January 2020.

Over 130 photographs, sketches, plans, and models illuminate this enormous undertaking, while Jodidio’s informative text offers detailed insight into the phases of design and construction. Imagery of circular references from art, architecture, and nature highlight the inspiration behind the building’s extraordinary shape. Printed in Italy using the finest European papers, this volume is a beautiful ode to Vortex and Lausanne’s forward-looking spirit.

About The Author
Philip Jodidio is a specialist in contemporary architecture. As well as having been editor in chief of the French art monthly Connaissance des Arts for more than twenty years, he is the author of over 100 books on architecture and art.

Look inside

Publish Date: September 14, 2021
Format: Hardcover
Category: Architecture – Individual Architects & Firms – Monographs
Publisher: Rizzoli Electa
Trim Size: 7-3/4 x 10-1/2
Pages: 168
US Price: $60.00
CDN Price: $80.00
ISBN: 978-0-8478-6953-4



YOG – Lausanne 2020; Report: ‘The carbon footprint of the 2020 Winter Youth Olympics’

The Lausanne 2020 Organizing Committee partnered with Quantis to conduct a carbon footprint assessment of the 2020 Winter Youth Olympic Games. It was the first such assessment to follow the Carbon Footprint Methodology Guidance of the IOC. The aim of the assessment was to understand the impact and effectiveness of the organizational and policy measures taken and to leave a legacy for future Organizing Committees in developing their sustainability action plans to measure and minimise their events’ greenhouse gas emissions.


Download the report (in French): The carbon footprint of the 2020 Winter Youth Olympics

YOG – Lausanne 2020; Press release: ‘Lausanne 2020: a popular and financial success’

The Lausanne 2020 Youth Olympic Games (YOG) came to a close almost five months ago to the day. This presented an opportunity for the Organising Committee to look back on the great sporting and popular success of the YOG as well as the positive financial results. Now, it’s time to look at the legacy, which will be managed by a new structure set up for this purpose.

The Lausanne 2020 Organising committee today gave the media one last rendezvous, five months after the closure of the YOG and the day after its official dissolution. This was an opportunity to bid farewell to the public and to present the various results of the event.


Read more: Full press release

YOG – Lausanne 2020; New Videos (June 2020)

Photo: Martijn Giebels / Architecture of the Games



YOG – Lausanne 2020; Facts & Figures (2)

Lausanne Railway Station – Photo: Martijn Giebels / Architecture of the Games


  • Spectators: 640,000 (including 80,000 schoolchildren)
  • Visitors “Lausanne En Jeux!” festival: 200,000
  • Average number of visitors at Medal Plaza each evening: 2,000
  • Public Transport: 80% Of the delegations used the public transport system to reach the venues.
  • Media: 1,000 accredited media from 39 countries and 4 continents.
  • Volunteers: 3,800
  • Broadcasts in 191 countries around the world.
  • Hours of live coverage: 165
  • Average number of daily visitors on Olympic digital platforms: 200,000
  • Social media: close to 500,000 new followers.
  • Official app downloads: more than 40,000 times.
  • Athlete waves: The first wave of 1,039 athletes and officials left the Youth Olympic Village between 15 and 16 January. During the same period, the second wave of 1,137 athletes and officials arrived at the Village.
  • For the first time at the YOG, the speed skating event has been held on natural ice.
  • Lausanne 2020 is the first YOG to be held in two countries.
  • 100% Of tableware used by Lausanne 2020 athletes, officials, staff, volunteers and media is sustainable. This includes 180,000 reusable cups, plates and cutlery.


Source: Lausanne 2020 and the International Olympic Committee

You can read part 1 here.

YOG – Lausanne 2020; Vallée de Joux

Vallée de Joux Cross-Country Centre

Crowds watching the athletes at the start of the Cross-Country Skiing Men’s Cross Final at Vallee de Joux Cross-Country Centre. The Winter Youth Olympic Games, Lausanne, Switzerland, Saturday 18 January 2020. Photo: OIS/Chloe Knott. Handout image supplied by OIS/IOC.


Facts & figures

  • Sports: Cross-country skiing
  • Distance from Lausanne: 1h40


Venue map

YOG – Lausanne 2020; Champéry

Champéry Curling Arena

Lukas Hoestmaelingen NOR (left), Grunde Buraas NOR (centre) and Ingeborg Forbregd NOR (right) during the Curling Mixed Team tournament at the Curling Arena. The Winter Youth Olympic Games, Lausanne, Switzerland, Tuesday 14 January 2020. Photo: OIS/Dylan Burns. Handout image supplied by OIS/IOC.


Facts & figures

  • Sports: Curling
  • Distance from Lausanne: 1h40


Venue map