Nanterre Arboretum

The Arboretum in Nanterre by laisné roussel and François Leclercq




Firmly focused on environmental quality and integration of new ways of working, the Arboretum will be the largest project ever built from solid wood, worldwide.

Nanterre Arboretum
Image © laisné roussel and François Leclercq

Construction for this project is set to start in 2018, with the objective of transforming an industrial wasteland into a 136,000 m² campus set in 9 hectares of parkland next to the Seine.

Nanterre Arboretum
Image © laisné roussel and François Leclercq

The materials, the construction method, and the use and development of the buildings have all been designed with the aim of reducing greenhouse gas emissions throughout the life of the campus and maximising its resilience.

Nanterre Arboretum
Image © laisné roussel and François Leclercq

Use of bio-sourced materials, bioclimatic design and generation of renewable (photovoltaic and geothermal) energy make this site a true model of sustainable development, thus marking a new stage in the ecological transition.

Nanterre Arboretum
Image © laisné roussel and François Leclercq

The Arboretum layout is based on a simple principle: each office has a direct relationship to the site’s landscaping. This relationship is reflected in the treatment of the open spaces.

Nanterre Arboretum
Image © laisné roussel and François Leclercq

An “add-on space” creates a link between the work and landscape spaces: there are genuine outside terraces as a direct extension of the offices likely to offer opportunity for additional uses.

Nanterre Arboretum
Image © laisné roussel and François Leclercq
  • Location: Nanterre, France
  • Architects: laisné roussel, François Leclercq
  • Project Manager: Paul Laigle, Vânia Leandro
  • Project Team: Leticia Martinez Velasco, Hugo Chevassus, Elisa Vernazza, Guillaume Baillard, Alejandro Sahuquillo, Cécile Villerio, Alexandre Lezé, Delphine Baldé, Jérôme Couatarmanach
  • BET: Terrell (structure), Barbanel (Fluids)
  • Landscape: BASE
  • Perspective: Virgin Lemon, Weiss images, Morph, Vincent Vacker
  • Clients: BNP Paribas Real Estate and Woodeum
  • Area: 136,000 m2
  • Year: 2017
  • Images: Courtesy of laisné roussel and François Leclercq
Nanterre Arboretum
Image © laisné roussel and François Leclercq
Nanterre Arboretum
Image © laisné roussel and François Leclercq
Nanterre Arboretum
Image © laisné roussel and François Leclercq

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