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The new ENSTA ParisTech campus has moved to the Palaiseau site.

The project, carried out within the framework of the ParisTech programme, aims to make the Saclay plateau a centre of scientific excellence at world level.
Located in a landscaped park, the building houses the general teaching, the Applied Mathematics Unit (UMA), a research area: the Applied Optics (LOA) laboratories, the Mechanics Unit (UME) and the Chemistry and Processes Unit (UCP) laboratories, as well as shared spaces: administration
offices, a library, two lecture theatres and a cafeteria.

Client : SOGEPROM et ADIM - Ministère de la défense
Location : Paris, France
Surface : 20 900 m²
Status : Completed
Date : 2012
Key points
  • Clarity of flows.
  • Encourage exchanges.
  • Planted facades.
  • Large, landscaped park.
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Intention - bias

The architectural design of the ENSTA ParisTech school corresponds to the organisation of the interactions between the services and expresses the specificity of the differentiated typologies (collective services or teaching spaces), all grouped around a “Hub”, the atrium.
The atrium distributes all of the School’s activities through transparent passageways that reflect the interactions and exchanges of this community. Its generous size welcomes all the students and the holding of major events.

A campus with trees

The new ENSTA ParisTech campus has taken over the Palaiseau site by integrating itself into the geometry of the Polytechnique’s structural axes while offering a new landscape identity at the heart of the site. We decided to build the school, the main building of ENSTA ParisTech, along the boulevard in order to create a vast landscaped park at the back.
This park is made up of large planted lawns which frame the new accommodation buildings, thus allowing the theme of a tree-lined campus to be developed. The “outdoor conviviality spaces” fit naturally into the design of the hilly park to encourage places of exchange and conviviality.

We decided to build the school, the main building of ENSTA ParisTech, along the boulevard in order to create a vast landscaped park at the back.

Renewable energy

High Environmental Quality (HEQ)

Several energy sources are combined to supply the entire project: low-temperature geothermal heating, domestic hot water production by solar panels and photovoltaic electricity.
Energy losses are controlled by external insulation that increases the building’s inertia (including green roofs) and a double-flow ventilation system.

Rainwater management integrated into the landscape

In order to preserve the environment, the organisation of the landscape has taken into account the treatment of rainwater based on a system of five “vegetated” retention basins with regulated discharge of the stored rainwater into the river system.


Lacoudre Architecture (Associated Architect)
Patriarche (Architecture)


SLG paysage
Scyna 4


Photos: ©Nicolas Borel


Certification “ NF bâtiment enseignement démarche HQE - Certivea “.