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:

  • A living ground, as much from a biological point of view as in terms of uses. The ground becomes an open plan, both welcoming and appropriate for a diversity of uses. By keeping the surface open and simple, delineation becomes important, while the landscape design orchestrates this polyvalence through variations in ecological or programmatic density.
  • 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

SACLAY / AgroParisTech campus