Evolver – Studio ALICE – Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne


Today’s project comes from the land of awesome chocolate, and pocket knives. They also make some great architecture projects too.  Studio ALICE’s structure creates a platform to frame views of the landscape, and focus the user on the views, instead of in towards the structure.

SCHOOL:  Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne (EPFL)
COURSE:  Studio ALICE – 2nd Year
PROFESSORS: Dieter Dietz, Olivier Ottevaere, Daniel Pokora, Katia Ritz, Aline Dubach, Isabella Pasqualini
STUDENTS: Meredith Adrian llewelyn; Job Eveline; Belkhodja Ahmed; Clement Augustin; Di giambattista Olivier; Feihl Nicolas; Maire Samuel; Melly Benjamin; Lepoutre Martin; Nantermod Francois
YEAR: Semester 04, Spring 2009



Evolver was a second-year student group creation at Studio ALICE the Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne (EPFL).  It is a wooden structure consisting of 24 cylinders linked together that wrap 720 degrees.  The rotation offers an incredible natural landscape that carries you through the project only to return you to the starting point.

Alice is a laboratory at the school of architecture (ENAC / SAR / IA) at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne, Switzerland. It Was Founded in October 2006 and offers year experimental approach to teaching design in architecture. The Team Consists of a group of architects from across Europe and Researchers and Switzerland. All members of the team built up Have Their Own practices in different European Cities, Including London, Berlin, Zurich, Copenhagen and Lausanne. ALICE Benefits from this international background at a day to day level, MOST members commuting Between Those cities and Lausanne.

One of the key ideas Underlying ALICE’s approach to teaching Design is a constant discourse Between a conceptual framework of year architectural idea and Its Translations into Actual year project. While projects are typical Usually Developed with architectural drawings and models to represent has Given Proposal, Presently we are exploring the Potential of the project scale Expanding Into a one-to-one condition. The intention Is That the Structural Constraints present at this scale as well as the physical and spatial Potential Impact Will synthetic thinking and encourages a holistic approach to design issues.

Text credit via – http://www.trendsnow.net/2009/10/evolver-the-viewing-experience.html
Photo credit Joel Tettamanti – ALICE / EPFL

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