Programme: Construction of the new Ecole de Formation professionnelle des Barreaux de la Cour d'Appel de Paris (EFB - The Lawyer School), a private higher education establishment.
Description: The project is on a site completely devoid of buildings or valuable plant life, at the corner of Félix Amiot and a new road; it fits in perfectly between the two adjacent companies, SERENIS and STERIA. The building is (on average) 20 metres wide and rests on two gables, party walls at the adjacent buildings. The building includes a central garden (c. 12 metres by 30 metres) and its façade is clearly visible from the public space. The complex is in the midst of the Low Energy Building certification process. In addition to its functional qualities, the structure stands out for the originality of its façades facing out onto the public space. The interior features a first-floor garden which is reflected by the more opaque façade in this zone, providing yet another layer of meaning to the façade and its wooden fins. The project’s “X-factor” is the three-storey lobby where the wood peels off the façades and winds freely through the interior. This undulating wood sail wends its way through the various passageways connecting the reception area to the ground floor spaces. The balconies on the two mezzanines blend in with this wood sail, furthering the play of space with exquisite elegance.
Building Operation: The areas below-grade are dedicated to parking and mechanical rooms. The ground floor includes the student reception area and a 380-seat amphitheatre. The first floor contains the high-traffic spaces: the library/media centre, the media-consultation space, the cafeteria, the teachers' lounge, the student association, and the infirmary. The second floor houses all the administrative functions; it is laid out in a traditional office format with social spaces, meeting spaces, and the server room. This floor has a large balcony overlooking the lobby. The third, fourth, and fifth floors contain nearly all of the 38 classrooms. And finally, the sixth (and last) floor includes, among other things, a large 300 m² modular conference room, a 30-person boardroom, offices, and mechanical rooms. This last floor also has a terrace. The interior garden covers 261 m² of outdoor space, representing 15% of the total lot area. Two medium-sized trees are planted here.
Client : Bouygues Immobilier Architect : Wilmotte & Associés SA, General construction consultant engineer and cost consultant : Ingerop Client's construction cost consultant : Georges Ventre Ingénierie Façade design (with Ingerop) : Arcora HEQ consultant (with Ingerop) : Integral Concept Acoustical consultant : Acoustique et Conseil Health & safety coordinator and technical inspector : Veritas Geotechnical consultant : Soler Conseil Environmental consultant : Burgeap
Copyright photos: Didier Boy de la Tour, Nicolas Fussler