From a distance, you might not be able to spot a new building at the Cité Descartes campus in Paris, as it's hidden underneath a green undulating roof. Part lab, part park, the stunning Espace Bienvenüe was designed by Pargade Architectes and is part of nearly seven hectares that consitutes the green belt of a huge learning center. Built in harmony with the environment, this landscape building offers great panoramic views from its lush roof terrace.
The Espace Bienvenüe sits in the Campus Descartes, a cluster of buildings in Marne-la-Vallée, east of Paris. Topped by a green cruvy roof, it meets the needs of the programme imposed by the Ministry of Ecology, Sustainable development and Energy. The new building brings together higher education, training, research and engineering, dedicated to encouraging new ways of designing, building and managing cities.
A building and a park all in one, the Espace Bienvenüe provides a major recreational landscaped garden with its 650 foot-long roof. Underneath, a large multi-purpose area on the ground floor brings together all the shared functions. There is a library, an auditorium, a restaurant, sports rooms, laboratories and meeting rooms among its airy brilliant patios that contribute to the well being of both, users and the environment.
Via Arch Daily
Photos by Sergio Grazia for Pargade Architectes