Renovation and extension of workshops at Joliot-Curie high school / Atelier Phileas

Architects: Atelier Phileas (member of PLAN01)
Location: Dammarie-les-Lys,
Client: Région Ile-de-France
Programme: Asbestos removal, heavy restructuration, extension of the workshops while in use, with temporary buildings
Consultant: ARCADIS
Renovation Area: 3,100 sqm
Extension Area: 1,030 sqm
Project year: 2007
Photographer: Stephan Lucas

The renovation project presented a major advantage as well as a major difficulty.
The advantage: the school is nested in a tree-shaded park.
The difficulty: after asbestos removal, rooms in use had to be renovated.

Due to this constraint, the architecture had to be both rigourous and structured.
During the restructuring-extension of the workshops, inherent to the new teaching programmes and modernisation of the machine tools, our aim was to harmonise both existing and new architectures, gentle conversion of an architecture which, although high-quality, was outdated.
We focused on three key points: the proportions and profiles of the facades creating a resonance with the trees in the park, the use of new materials and rehabilitation of the exterior.

The extension concerns common and administrative spaces dedicated to the workshops. The entities are connected together via the covered recreation area, a new federating space. Structured on different levels, it doubles up as an amphitheater.

The link towards the technical sections, clearly identifiable by special signing (colour code), run alongside three patios providing natural lighting and a pleasant view.

Cite: "Renovation and extension of workshops at Joliot-Curie high school / Atelier Phileas" 17 Oct 2008. ArchDaily. Accessed 29 May 2015. <>
  • Saharnaz

    May I have the photos before the renovation?I really need them for my studies.

  • Nico Saieh


    Maybe you can contact the Atelier Phileas directly for that. You can find their contact on the website its published on the project’s credits.

  • omar

    thats a very miesian building. it’s super light to a mininum. i see this have a direct link to the peter behrens and gropius factories in germany

  • paren.zhong

    I like yuo!