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OMA Wins Competition With Daylight-Filled École Centrale School of Engineering in France

Posted By Bridgette Meinhold On October 8, 2012 @ 3:00 pm In Architecture,carousel showcase,Daylighting,Design,Green Building,News | No Comments

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OMA’s [2] design for the new École Centrale School of Engineering [2] in Saclay, France is based on the concept of a “lab city.” The plan shows a collection of volumes collected under a low-level, ETFE-roofed superblock. This concept has multiple benefits and creates a contained mini city dedicated to science, technology and research. Clément Blanchet, director of OMA projects in France, explains [2] “The design integrates urbanism with the school, supplanting the homogeneous experience of the campus. It’s an attempt to define the actual esthetic of science.”

Grid-connected streets within the building provide direct pathways around the project and also cultivate collaboration, chance meetings and generate a new typology for learning. A central pedestrian spine crosses the superblock and connects with the rest of the school and on the other side will connect with a new metro station headed to Paris. The enclosure not only contains the school, but also protects it from the elements. The result is like a city, but protected and filled with natural daylight. The project contains a variety of lab and office spaces as well as a gym, administration center and classrooms for first year students. The project was developed in collaboration with Bollinger and Grohman, Alto, DHV, DAL, and D’Ici Là.

+ OMA [3]

Via Bustler [4]

Images © OMA

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[2] OMA’s: http://oma.eu/news/2012/oma-wins-competition-for-%C3%A9cole-centrale-engineering-school-in-saclay,-france

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[4] Bustler: http://www.bustler.net/index.php/article/oma_selected_to_design_saclay_engineering_school/

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