Paris-Saclay

Campus Paris-Saclay by CAB Architectes




Paris-Saclay
Photo © Aldo Amoretti

When we discovered the immense sky and the plateau devoid of physical constraints we sought to capture the landscape by a simple form and by an abstract architectural language.

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The proximity of the site to the edge of the woodland led us intuitively to the primary material as it seemed necessary in this country-side site to place the building lightly on the ground.

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To achieve this we chose to define the project by a steel exoskeleton.

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Inscribed within a 80 x 80 metre square, the building is both open, welcoming and urban, yet borrows from the language of a cloister to create an intimacy of an interior landscape.

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The grid of 3.05m x 2.10m sections made of 24×24 cm H-Beams weave together the entire project and outline the architecture.

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With no intermediate support points, steel structure beams with a span of 15 metres link one facade to the other.

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They are connected to the exostructure by steel connectors of 15x15cm, reduced in size to limit their impact.

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The structural grid is mounted like a giant Meccano set. Inside the building the structure remains visible, recalling, if needed, that the expression of the construction sets both the rule and the meaning.

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“… I no longer separate the idea of the temple from that of its edification …”Eupalinos Paul Valéry. Source by CAB Architectes.

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  • Location: ZAC du Quartier de l’Ecole Polytechnique, Palaiseau (91), France
  • Architect: CAB Architectes
  • Lead Architects: Christophe Wilke, Project Director
    Cécile Jalby, Project Leader
  • Landscape: MARTEL ET MICHEL
  • Structure and civils: BATISERF BET
  • Mechanical & Electrical: LOUIS CHOULET BET Fluides, SSI et QE
  • coustics: PEUTZ BET
  • Fire Safety: CSD FACES
  • Economics: VPEAS
  • Client: Groupe des Ecoles Nationales d’Economie et de Statistique (GENES)
  • Gross Built Area: 15 400 m2 SDPC
  • Cost: 33 671 605 €HT
  • Year: 2017
  • Photographs: Aldo Amoretti, Olivier Rigal, Courtesy of CAB Architectes
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