Block Architectes : ÉTOILE

The STAR (Spaces and Technologies Open for Innovation Laboratories and Enterprises), designed by the Nantes agency Block, aims to connect researchers and students of the Institute Mines-Telecom (IMT) of the Science Center of Evry - Val-de-Seine with young entrepreneurs.

Block Architects has imagined a building complex combining various architectural expressions, with on the one hand a faceted mineral base, and on the other hand an imposing parallelepipedic signal building which overhangs it, resting on this first in the south and on ten columns in the north. . The different metal claddings of these two volumes - grid below, mesh above - evoke the pixelation and thus echo the world of scientific imaging and computing.

This 3 932 square meter building houses, at the bottom, an amphitheater hosting conferences and seminars, and the Exchanger, gallery / showroom presenting the work of students or stakeholders and various common areas. The upper part of the assembly hosts a Fab Lab and parts specifically for research.


The relationship between outside and inside is very important for designers. The different surfaces are thus articulated around an internal street crossing the whole construction from north to south. A central garden is also set up, bringing natural light to the adjoining rooms, allowing students and researchers to enjoy green spaces and a terrace to relax.

With this construction, IMT wants to get closer to the teaching model proposed by its anagram, the famous MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology), combining work and research areas, and conference center able to accommodate the great scientists of this world. Through its massiveness, ÉTOILE is also in line with the great architectural achievements of the city of Évry, such as the Cathedral of the Resurrection by Mario Botta in 1995, or Phong Luu Tran Khánh-Anh pagoda (2016).

A place that has nothing to envy the great American universities forming the great scientists of tomorrow.

Photographs: Philippe Pirron

The project is selected forles ArchiDesignclub Awards 2018inthe category Teaching - Superior

To learn more, visitArchiDesignclub the Awards siteandBlock Architects

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