Education / Research / Laboratories

Professional Diploma Buildings – Lieusaint university Campus

Lieusaint

2013

The architecture and landscaping is led by the master plan for the overall project, due for completion in 2020. Its aim is to outline a 'campus centre' in order to rethink and reinforce the identity of the Sénart-Lieusaint campus.

The main north–south axis is strengthened by an extension towards the southern end of the site. This links the future library and the professional diploma building with the existing buildings, while also providing shared pedestrian and bicycle routes away from the traffic. The car parks have been banished to the periphery.

This new university building has great architectural presence. Rounded-off corners soften the simple volume. The choice of materials creates a play of contrasts between natural timber and polished aluminium. The architecture of the building highlights the reception at the heart of the establishment. The entrance into the building is reinforced by the auditorium, which extends out from the main volume. A covered forecourt opens up into a central atrium. This atrium is the real heart of the reception area and houses interweaving stairways that link all three levels of the building. The spatial continuity created here encourages exchange and conviviality, while the privacy of workspaces is also ensured.