Integrated within the site of the Polytechnical School, the new building shared by AgroParisTech and the INRA is designed to become one of the flagship projects of the Saclay tech-plateau. As the campus becomes a hybrid between city and nature, this urban-architectural project is articulated though landscape design: landscape forms the foundation and identity of the plateau expressed as a re-definition of a 21st century campus. Thus, the garden becomes a central and unifying concept in the project.
The main principles of the design include:
- Biodiversity is expressed by ecological islands which can help shape social uses while developing reserves of vegetation density to provide climatic comfort and shade.
- A canopy, which becomes the guiding element for the landscape through a clear connection with the surroundings. This canopy is composed of local species specific to the plateau of Saclay and allows for ecological continuities to be established with the greater territory.
- A mosaic of atmospheres that is expressed by a variety of landscapes: a grandly scaled central garden alternates with more intimate spaces: gardens, terraces, basins, fields, etc. These places allow for a diversity of programs and uses.
- Program / Project: SACLAY / AgroParisTech campus
- Client: Campus Agro SAS
- Project management: GTM Bâtiment (lead designer) + Engie Cofely + Marc MIMRAM Architecture + Lacoudre Architectures + Agence Ter (landscape) + WSP + TEM + Artelia + Frank Boutté + Cider + DAL Alternative + Topager
- Area: 2,4 ha
- Date: 2017 - 2021
- Location: Saclay-Palaiseau, France