Diderot University Restaurant / Chapuis Royer Architectes

Diderot University Restaurant / Chapuis Royer Architectes

Diderot University Restaurant / Chapuis Royer Architectes - Interior Photography, StairsDiderot University Restaurant / Chapuis Royer Architectes - Exterior Photography, Windows, ConcreteDiderot University Restaurant / Chapuis Royer Architectes - Interior Photography, Stairs, Facade, HandrailDiderot University Restaurant / Chapuis Royer Architectes - Interior Photography, Dining room, Table, Chair, WindowsDiderot University Restaurant / Chapuis Royer Architectes - More Images+ 15

Grenoble, France
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area :  9065
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year :  2018
  • Photographs
    Photographs :Andrea Bosio
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers :  Zeli
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Diderot University Restaurant / Chapuis Royer Architectes - Exterior Photography, Windows, Concrete
© Andrea Bosio

Text description provided by the architects. This site, chosen for the Grenoble campus in the early 1960s, was well outside the city, on a wooded terrain with a beautiful view of the mountains. Several emblematic university buildings were built in this privileged environment, some of which have since been listed as 20th-century heritage buildings for their architectural qualities, chiefly among which the use of concrete. Facing these buildings, remarkable from the point of view of their design, the Diderot restaurant honors this ensemble, enriching the architectural language of its surroundings by strengthening the dialog between the various projects on the site.

Diderot University Restaurant / Chapuis Royer Architectes - Exterior Photography, Facade, Windows
© Andrea Bosio
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Diderot University Restaurant / Chapuis Royer Architectes - Interior Photography, Fence, Steel
© Andrea Bosio

The building’s simple and easy-to-read architectural language is mostly transparent on the ground floor thanks to broad glazed bays, and on the floor above thanks to terraces, patios et and a bow window on the north side. It is a warm, welcoming, and lively place whose purpose and relevance for the program proposes a dining experience with permeability between the main axes of circulation and the surrounding green spaces.

Diderot University Restaurant / Chapuis Royer Architectes - Interior Photography, Stairs, Facade, Handrail
© Andrea Bosio

The southern façade, a discreet screen treated qualitatively, contains the logistics courtyard. Treated as a green area enclosed by a concrete wall 2 meters in height conceals a service, parking, and unloading area with access to the technical areas. The fifth façade (roof) is comprised of a concrete enclosure wall covered with insulating materials to ensure visual and acoustical protection from the mechanical noise of the technical equipment.

Diderot University Restaurant / Chapuis Royer Architectes - Interior Photography, Bench, Windows, Handrail
© Andrea Bosio

Durable materials. The areas open to the public are comprised of raw concrete façades, wooden slat screens, without the need of upkeep over time, punctuated with elements made of Corten steel, and large glazed bays. These materials are skillfully implemented to ensure durability and minimal upkeep.

Diderot University Restaurant / Chapuis Royer Architectes - Interior Photography, Facade, Handrail
© Andrea Bosio

The quality working environment for staff. Two patios were placed at the center of a vast cube to provide everyone with working areas and stairwells flooded with natural light.

Diderot University Restaurant / Chapuis Royer Architectes - Interior Photography, Stairs
© Andrea Bosio

Cost control: a simple volume with optimized upper levels. To ensure optimal cost control of works, the ceiling height is limited, with light brought in through patios, light wells, terraces, and glazed bays. Low-cost yet durable materials are used in compliance with the program.

Diderot University Restaurant / Chapuis Royer Architectes - Interior Photography, Dining room, Table, Chair, Windows
© Andrea Bosio

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Address:22 Rue Claude Kogan, 38100 Grenoble, France

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Cite: "Diderot University Restaurant / Chapuis Royer Architectes" 13 Dec 2020. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/951793/diderot-university-restaurant-chapuis-royer-architectes> ISSN 0719-8884

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