by Lisa A. Grimaldi | April 09, 2014
The SwissTech Convention Center has opened in Lausanne, Switzerland. The venue, on the campus of the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, has a 3,000-seat amphitheater that can be transformed automatically into a number of different configurations in 15 minutes at the push of a button, via its "Gala Systems" technology. The technology can be used to create meeting rooms with capacities from 330 to 3,000 attendees, or transform the space into a 20,000-square-foot banquet or exhibition space. The center also is the first to use colored solar photovoltaic panels on a large scale, developed at EPFL, which provide solar protection and generate electricity. The ground floor offers 16,000 square feet of meeting and event space. The  convention center, as well as all of the EPFL campus, is cooled and heated using water from nearby Lake Geneva, and the electricity consumed is 100 percent renewable.