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Location : Campus of the University of Bordeaux - Pessac
Dates : 2011 - On site
Client : SRIA - University of Bordeaux
Design team : Martin Duplantier Architects, Paul Chemetov Architects et Urban designers, Anouk Debarre Lanscape Architect
Mission : Base
Built area : 87 000 sqm restructured + 7 000 sqm extension
Cost : 83 M€

The University of Science and Technology is reinventing itself.  Housed in sixteen buildings dating from the 1960’s, whose heritage speaks for itself, the university wished to transform itself into a world class center for excellence, energy efficiency, and accessibility for all.  In lieu of simply wrapping the old with the new, the project instead develops a strategy of innovative rehabilitation that is still respectful of the site’s heritage:  buildings are showcased behind a bioclimatic facade that regulates interior thermal comfort.  This envelope also plays the role of “beacon” by transforming the surface into an interactive screen.  At the ground level, a series of small plazas gives reason to the initial plan mass by creating nodes in the heart of the campus that allow for interaction between researchers, professionals, and students alike.  These plazas are protected by a shading device that hangs horizontally from the bioclimatic facade of the taller buildings, thereby creating a sort of microclimate and a unique identity for each facility (physics/chemistry, geology, biology).