With ESPCI Paris, Anne Démians designs the higher establishment-laboratory of tomorrow
The restructuring and extension project of the ESPCI (Higher School of Industrial Physics and Chemistry of the City of Paris) is part of an international scientific ambition, in the district historically dedicated to research on the Sainte-Geneviève mountain , in the 5th arrondissement in Paris. The design and large-scale works undertaken by Architectures Anne Démians are an opportunity to articulate, on its original site, the future of higher scientific education and research with a hybrid and dynamic realization, for the benefit of experiments. and scientific intuition.
ESPCI is one of 23 establishments of excellence gathered in the center of Paris within PSL – Paris Sciences et Lettres. A world-class research university, it has 17,000 students, 2,900 teacher-researchers, 140 research laboratories and more than 80 libraries and museums.
PSL’s scientific project is accompanied by an urban reflection that takes shape in particular around the ESPCI real estate project. The fact that the Nobel Prizes received by ESPCI scientists (Pierre Curie, Marie Curie, Irène Joliot-Curie, Frédéric Joliot-Curie, Pierre-Gilles de Gennes, Georges Charpak) were awarded both in physics and chemistry is emblematic of the school’s culture of transdisciplinarity.
The project, launched by the City of Paris, aims to make the school even more attractive within the Montagne Sainte-Geneviève research center and more competitive internationally. It offers technical and teaching spaces to accommodate researchers and students in the best conditions.
Discover the project in pictures in the following pages.