The institute stretches out ‘like a line at ground level’ across a site of rolling fields.
Working with the gradients of the site, our design proposes the industrial rigour of a large floorplate – a shared area of laboratories fed by a technical gallery – and a community of private, individual research offices that are moored to a central 150m long axis, like a series of small houses, that have views over the surrounding protected landscape and its ancient trees. The whole is dominated by an administrative ‘control tower’ and by the library.
Campus du CNRS, 205, route de Narbonne, 31077 Toulouse Cedex
CNRS Délégation Midi Pyrénées
Project cost (ex.tax)
6 M€ valeur 1997
6 000 m²
Scope of services
Standard public works contract + Coordination
a balance between dialogue and autonomy, modularity, reliability, technical complexity
glass, red cedar wood, aluminium, varnished concrete
Séchaud & Bossuyt and BEFS