BLOCK architects: THE STAR

L'ETOILE (Espaces et Technologies Ouverts for the Innovation of Laboratories and Enterprises), designed by the BLOCK agency in Nantes, aims to connect the work of researchers and students at the Mines-Télécom Institute Science center of Évry Val de Seine with young entrepreneurs.

BLOCK architects has imagined a built-up complex combining various architectural expressions, on the one hand a faceted mineral base, and on the other hand an imposing parallelepipedal signal building that overlooks it, resting on this first in the south and on ten columns in the north . The various metallic claddings of these two volumes - metal grid at the bottom, mesh above - evoke pixelization and thus echo the world of scientific imagery and computer science.

This building of 3 932 square meter shelters, in lower part, an amphitheater hosting conferences and seminars; And l'Échangeur, gallery / showroom presenting the work of students or speakers and various common spaces. The upper part of the assembly houses a Fab Lab and parts specifically designed 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 move closer to the teaching model proposed by its anagram, the famous Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), which combines quality work and research areas and a conference center capable of accommodating large Scientists of this world. Through its massivity, ÉTOILE is also in line with the great architectural achievements of the city of Évry, such as the Cathedral of the Resurrection realized by Marion Botta in 1995, or the Khánh-Anh pagoda of Phong Luu Tran (2016).

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

Photographs: Philippe Pirron

To learn more, visit The site of BLOCK

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