Renzo Piano Wins The Ens Cachan Expansion Competition


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The Ecole nationale supérieure (Ens) di Cachanhas selected the project by Renzo Piano Building Workshop to develop the new campus of 64,000 square meter with a building that welcomes 3 thousand people by 2018.
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The project comprises 4 units connected pairwise by a garden “extraordinary” placed in the center, real beating heart around which organize the different architecture.
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The south facade is totally transparent , it will make visible the activities of the campus and around the school will develop gathering places (coffee bar, public restaurant, conference space, learning center).
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The north building designed around a street light interior houses the education and research in basic sciences and engineering sciences , the humanities and social sciences division is located in the “satellite” is more rounded forms.
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For this project “we were inspired by the quality of the great Anglo-Saxon campus, such as Harvard and Cambridge” said Anne- Hélène Temenides, architect associated with the Renzo Piano BuildingWorkshop.
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A project that is a “meeting between the philosophy of a school and that an architecture that base their work on the integration of technical objects, principles and technological humanism”, an approach consistent with that of the campus EnsCachan , based on “interdisciplinarity and the interaction between science, technology and humanities”.
Renzo-Piano-Wins-the-ENS-Cachan-expansion-competition07Location: West Campus – Moulon Quarter, France
Architect: Renzo Piano Building Workshop
Area: 640,000 Sq m
Budget: 143 000 000 € HT
Date: November 2013
Delivery: 2018
Contracting authority: ENS Cachan
Developer: Paris-Saclay Development Authority
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