Public Condenser in France

Low-cost flexible university building

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    Project update – Public Condenser: Low-cost flexible university building, Paris, France

    Completed in January 2016, the 2,000 square-meter “urban shelf” is organized using the idea of “vertical diversity”.

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    Global finalist entry 2015 - Public Condenser: Low-cost flexible university building

    The building provides very different kinds of spaces, ensuring that indoor as well as outdoor areas may be used for very different purposes.

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    Global finalist entry 2015 - Public Condenser: Low-cost flexible university building

    The "Public Condeser" is publicly funded and in response to the low construction budget, detailing has been kept to a minimum. This economical approach has allowed for the inclusion of a generous public square, ensuring a planted pedestrian connection with the existing academic buildings next to the site. Construction has started in October 2014, with completion planned for December 2015.

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    Project entry 2014 Europe – Public Condenser: Low-cost flexible university building, Paris, France

    South façade on the plaza.

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    Project update – Public Condenser: Low-cost flexible university building, Paris, France

    The project design minimizes the volume of materials used in construction, as well as taking maintenance and long-term reliability into account.

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    Project entry 2014 Europe – Public Condenser: Low-cost flexible university building, Paris, France

    East façade.

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    Project entry 2014 Europe – Public Condenser: Low-cost flexible university building, Paris, France

    The staircase offers a continuous public space to connect the layering of independent programs.

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    Project entry 2014 Europe – Public Condenser: Low-cost flexible university building, Paris, France

    Sections.

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    Holcim Awards 2014 Europe ceremony, Moscow, Russia

    Presentation of the Holcim Awards Silver 2014 Europe for “Public Condenser: Low-cost flexible university building, Paris, France” (l-r): project author Gilles Delalex, Muoto, Paris; Ronan Venetz, Counsellor for transport, industry and sustainable development, Embassy of France in Moscow; Gerard Letellier, CEO Holcim France; Roland Köhler, Member of the Executive Committee responsible for Group region Europe, Holcim Ltd, Switzerland.

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    Holcim Awards Europe 2014 media breakfast

    A team from Muoto architects (France) including Gilles Delalex won the Holcim Awards Silver 2014 for Public Condenser: Low-cost flexible university building, Paris, France. The jury acknowledged the minimal deployment of architectural and technical means that is resilient and adaptable to future needs.

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    Project entry 2014 Europe – Public Condenser: Low-cost flexible university building, Paris, France

    Yves Moreau, Thomas Wessel-Cessieux and Gilles Delalex.

  • Awards Silver 2014–2015 Europe
  • Awards Building Better Recognition 2017–2018 Europe

Lieu de vie on the new Paris-Saclay university campus hosts a mix of activities including indoor and outdoor sports facilities, food outlets and various public spaces across more than 4,000 sq m of floor area. Conceived as a minimal structure using rough materials, robust and long lasting techniques, the “urban shelf” is organized vertically with its different activities superimposed on one another, using the roof as a panoramic playground for football and basketball games.

By Thomas Wessel-Cessieux, Gilles Delalex, Yves Moreau - Muoto, Paris, France

Ideas: Economic & Social Empowerment , Circular Design

Lieu de vie on the new Paris-Saclay university campus hosts a mix of activities including indoor and outdoor sports facilities, food outlets and various public spaces across more than 4,000 sq m of floor area.

Conceived as a minimal structure using rough materials, robust and long lasting techniques, the “urban shelf” is organized vertically with its different activities superimposed on one another, using the roof as a panoramic playground for football and basketball games.

Public Condenser in France

Project authors

  • Project entry 2014 Europe – Public Condenser: Low-cost flexible university building, Paris, France
    Thomas Wessel-Cessieux

    Muoto

    France

  • Gilles Delalex

    Muoto

    France

  • Project entry 2014 Europe – Public Condenser: Low-cost flexible university building, Paris, France
    Yves Moreau

    Muoto

    France

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