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OMA : Lab City

After Châtenay-Malabry (92), École CentraleSupélec Paris moved to Gif-sur-Yvette (91), on the Saclay plateau. In this high place of research, the Dutch agency OMA delivers the building Lab City where, since the beginning of last year, more 4 000 students, researchers or even simple curious.

The vast new premises of the Ecole CentraleSupélec of Gif-sur-Yvette, in all 76 000 square meters on the ground, gathering students and researchers, were designed in two buildings, one realized by OMA, the other by the Swiss from Gigon Guyer Architekten. A unique school consisting of two parallelepiped wings, each with their own identity, thanks to the expertise of both studios.

The "Gustave Eiffel" part, called Lab City, and made by the Dutch agency, takes the form of a block consisting of five levels in tiers organized around a large central square bathed in light thanks to a skylight capped with inflatable ETFE tarpaulins.
If the 20 000 square meters of this building combining concrete, steel and glass are dedicated to teaching - amphitheatres, classrooms, research etc. -, they also include offices, places of restoration and rest. As opposed to the black envelope of the building, like fortress, the different interior spaces are extremely open. Mobile walls arranged in living areas - especially in the agora containing the self, a fast food stand and many sofas -, also allow freedom of development of these surfaces, without dividing the activities of each. Although at first sight the establishment seems to be closed to its environment, the architects have in fact decided to connect it to the emerging neighborhood and neighboring buildings through a diagonal street.

The first impression of closure then follows that of an opening on the outside.

Project title : Lab City
City, Country: Gif-sur-Yvette (91)
Owner: CentraleSupélec
Mastery of work : OMA
Area : 48 700 m2
Cost of works: NC
Calendar : 2017 delivery

Photos: Philippe Ruault

The project is winner of the ArchiDesignclub Awards 2018 in the category Teaching - Superior

To know more, visit the ArchiDesignclub Awards website et the grandmother


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  • Guest - Helen

    Great project

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