ENSAE PARISTECH Campus Paris-Saclay / CAB Architectes

ENSAE PARISTECH Campus Paris-Saclay / CAB Architectes

© Aldo Amoretti © Aldo Amoretti © Aldo Amoretti © Aldo Amoretti + 53

Palaiseau, France
  • Architects: CAB Architectes
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  15400
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2017
  • Photographs Photographs:  Aldo Amoretti, Olivier Rigal
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers: Zehnder, Fermacell
  • Landscape: MARTEL ET MICHEL
  • Structure And Civils: BATISERF
  • Mechanical & Electrical: LOUIS CHOULET
  • Acoustics: PEUTZ
  • Fire Safety: CSD FACES
  • Client: Groupe des Ecoles Nationales d’Economie et de Statistique (GENES)
  • Cost: 33.671.605 €HT
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© Aldo Amoretti
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Text description provided by the architects. When we discovered the immense sky and the plateau devoid of physical constraints we sought to capture the landscape by a simple form and by an abstract architectural language. The proximity of the site to the edge of the woodland led us intuitively to the primary material as it seemed necessary in this country-side site to place the building lightly on the ground. To achieve this we chose to define the project by a steel exoskeleton.

© Aldo Amoretti
© Aldo Amoretti
South Section
South Section
© Aldo Amoretti
© Aldo Amoretti

Inscribed within an 80 x 80-metre square, the building is both open, welcoming and urban, yet borrows from the language of a cloister to create an intimacy of an interior landscape. The grid of 3.05m x 2.10m sections made of 24x24 cm H-Beams weave together the entire project and outline the architecture. With no intermediate support points, steel structural beams with a span of 15 metres link one facade to the other. They are connected to the exostructure by steel connectors of 15x15cm, reduced in size to limit their impact. 

© Aldo Amoretti
© Aldo Amoretti
Axonometric
Axonometric
© Aldo Amoretti
© Aldo Amoretti

The structural grid is mounted like a giant Meccano set. Inside the building the structure remains visible, recalling if needed, that the expression of the construction sets both the rule and the meaning.
"... I no longer separate the idea of the temple from that of its edification …" Eupalinos Paul Valéry.

© Aldo Amoretti
© Aldo Amoretti

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Address: Route de Saclay, 91128 Palaiseau, France

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Cite: "ENSAE PARISTECH Campus Paris-Saclay / CAB Architectes" 17 Jan 2018. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/886641/ensae-paristech-campus-paris-saclay-cab-architectes/> ISSN 0719-8884

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