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Michel Rémon & Associés : Centre de recherche et développement d’Air Liquide

The architectural firm Michel Rémon & Associés designs an airy architecture to accommodate the new research and development center of the Air Liquide Group, world leader in gases, technologies and services for industry and health. Located on the Saclay plateau (91), the complex, which was inaugurated on September 27, 2019, offers researchers a strategic meeting point promoting exchanges with major players in the world of industrial and scientific research.

The Air Liquide Paris Innovation Campus Research Center is located in the Paris-Sacaly cluster, a center dedicated to scientific and technological research, currently being developed within the framework of Greater Paris. The program includes offices, a showroom, auditoriums, laboratories.

By working hand in hand with Air Liquide's research and development experts, the Michel Rémon & Associés agency designs an innovative architectural and landscaping complex with high energy performance. The center itself provides a large part of its energy needs: it is supplied with renewable electricity and intermittent renewable energies, thanks to a hydrogen fuel cell and 300 square meters of photovoltaic panels. The passive design of the building also makes it possible to reduce energy consumption per square meter, going as far as compensating it with internal and solar contributions. The thermal performance of the insulation, the integration of solar protection, a through natural ventilation system and suspended acoustic islands allow the Research Center to find in it its own energy resources and to claim the “BREEAM Excellent” certification.

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Oriented according to the course of the sun, this heliotrope building crosses from north to south. The reception pavilion leads to the “Rotonde” hall, an airlock between the outside and the center. A large metallic dome, 26 meters in diameter, designed in Gridshell and brought to light by the French visual artist Yann Kersalé - known for his luminous walk in the gardens of the Quai-Branly museum (7th arrondissement) - oversees the entrance. In its extension, the “research artery”, a main axis of 100 meters long, punctuated by three helical staircases, serves the offices open onto the landscaped garden imagined by Laure Planchais and the research laboratories.

Beyond offering Air Liquide employees and researchers an ideal working environment, the architectural complex designed by Michel Rémon reveals the Group's know-how. The center indeed makes it possible to test new energy solutions, clean or renewable, on a building scale.

A future-oriented research and development center.

For more information, visit the Michel Rémon & Associés website

Photographs: Fabien Garcia, Sergio Grazia

Léa Pagnier

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