EDF Paris Saclay
Research project: the EDF Research and Development Centre at Paris Saclay (91)
Located 20 km south of Paris, the Saclay plateau serves as the French Silicone Valley. Ranked among the eight most important innovation centres in the world by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), the Paris Saclay cluster brings together 15% of French industrial R&D in high technology. In 2010 leading French and European electricity producer EDF launched a competition to imagine its future R&D Centre on the site, in order to take advantage of the dynamism of the campus with, in the energy sense an exemplary building. Some 45 000 m² of industrial complexes, offices, labs and catering spaces have been set up under a gigantic cover composed of glazed pyramidion roofs which regulate the solar contributions, giving a pleasant ambient temperature all year round. Organized in a concentric manner, the R&D Centre opens the individual workspaces out onto the countryside landscapes outside Greater Paris and creates meeting places under the vault, in the heart of this bioclimatic space. The centre plays on this ambivalence, making it a campus within a campus.
Programme: construction of the EDF Research and Development Centre | Client: SAS Immobilière du Plateau | Area: 45,000 m² | Architect: Cro&Co Architecture (ex CrochonBrullmann+Associés) | Facades: Arcora | HQE and MEP: Alto | Roads and networks: Bérim | Engineering: Technip TPS | Economy: AE75 | Safety consulting: AxCE | Landscape planner: Urbicus | Completion: finalist in 2010 for an invited competition | Address: Paris Saclay (91)