The designers of CAB ARCHITECTES, specialized in concrete, sign this time a millimeter steel project. Located in Palaiseau (91), it is a geometrical box all adapted to accommodate the ENSAE ParisTech.

With its square plan, its steel structure orthogonal patterns carefully drawn, this project delivered in 2017 Palaiseau (91) by the agency CAB architects could be a temple dedicated to proportions and geometry. This is also a bit the case, since the building hosts the National School of Statistics and Economic Administration, which left Malakoff (92) to get closer to the École Polytechnique, now positioned on the plateau. Saclay.

While they are used to using concrete - their favorite material - the architects took advantage of the formal white card given by the client to try steel, designing a building in column structure - five floors, intended to host classrooms, administrative offices, library and other amphitheatres mentioned in the program. A choice chosen for its aesthetic properties of course, but also for the simplicity of implementation represented by the dry chain, CAB agency, located in the south of France, deeming this constructive mode easier to control remotely. This bias results in a sober and therefore versatile project: a good way to anticipate a possible future change of destination of the building!

Inside, the particularly sober materials also contribute to the studious atmosphere of the building. Thus, the concrete and carpet floor and the Fermacell partitions - a gypsum-based composite material - fit perfectly with the exposed metal structure. What to study and work in conditions of optimum calm!

Project title : ENSAE ParisTech
City, Country: Palaiseau (91)
Owner: Group of National Schools of Economics and Statistics (GENES)
Mastery of work : CAB ARCHITECTS
Area : 15 400 m2
Cost of works: 33 671 605 € HT
Calendar : Delivery February 2017

Photos: Aldo Amoretti

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

To learn more, visit ArchiDesignclub the Awards site that CAB ARCHITECTS

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