SACLAY / AgroParisTech campus

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