in marne-la-vallée, a new town 20 kilometers (12 miles) outside of paris, a research and civil engineering campus has opened, designed by french architect jean-philippe pargade. the 40,000 square meter (430,556 sqf) scheme includes laboratories, offices, and lecture rooms, alongside various sports facilities and an on-site restaurant.

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the design is defined by an undulating concrete roof canopy
image © luc boegly | main image © sergio grazia

 

 

located at ENPC : ecole nationale des ponts et chaussées ParisTech engineering school campus in marne la vallée, france, jean-philippe pargade’s design is defined by the so-called ‘landscape wave’ — an undulating concrete roof canopy topped with a vast area of plantation. the vaulted structure uses techniques often found in bridge building, and fittingly houses a vast concrete testing lab. the accessible green roof not only provides the campus with external areas for recreation, but also reinforces the surrounding structures, uniting the entirety of the scheme.

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the vaulted structure uses techniques often found in bridge building
image © sergio grazia

 

 

internally, a large multipurpose area at ground floor level brings together the shared functions of the site — contained within glazed units that overlook the centrally positioned park. from an environmental perspective, the project uses an overall bio-climatic system to conserve energy. the buildings are oriented to maximize solar gain, while natural ventilation methods and rainwater harvesting techniques are also employed.

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the accessible green roof provides the campus with external areas of recreation
image © sergio grazia

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internal space is brightly illuminated throughout
image © sergio grazia

jean-philippe pargade technical and scientific centre of paris concrete hill designboom
a large multipurpose area at ground floor level brings together the shared functions of the site
image © sergio grazia

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areas of internal greenery have been introduced
image © luc boegly

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timber-clad pods allow for more private work
image © luc boegly

jean-philippe pargade technical and scientific centre of paris concrete hill designboom
the 40,000 square meter scheme includes laboratories, offices and lecture rooms
image © sergio grazia

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one of the site’s numerous entrances
image © sergio grazia

 

 

 

project info:

 

project management: jean-philippe pargade: commissioned architect; besson-girard, landscape designer; SNC lavalin: engineering firm, all trades; voxoa: quantity surveyor; penicaud green building (HQE)
project management team: caroline rigaldiès, partner; jean-pierre lamache, construction site director; birgit eistert, studies leader
christophe aubergeon, malika benzemra, marco carvalho, joana césar, paolo correia, jean-patrick degrave, emmanuèle fiquet, emilie guyot, antoine hermanowicz, joon-ho lee, aline marthon, natacha nass, lucy niney, audrey oster, maxime parin, anne-sophie richard, samuel rimbault, vincent sengel, ji yeon song, marie suvéran, arthur tanner, van hai vu

 

location: ENPC : ecole nationale des ponts et chaussées ParisTech engineering school campus in marne la vallée, france
client: ministry of ecology, sustainable development and energy – property and housing action delegation
works budget excluding VAT: €95 million (2014 value)
floor surface: 35,300 sqm
usable floor area: 24,300 sqm
winning project: 2008
delivery: 2014
program: research units, test laboratories, offices, lecture rooms, library, conference center, sports facilities, restaurant