Founded in 1970, the University Paris East Créteil Val de Marne is a multidisciplinary centre based principally in Créteil in the South East of Paris.
The building on which our intervention took place, distinguishes itself by its three branches plan and its punctuated facade of reinforced concrete. Built by architect Denis Sloan, the building is a witness of the modern and functional concerns of the time. The building’s main qualities are its rationality and its spatial organisation: uniform constructive frame, homogeneous and dense rhythm of openings, large dimensioned horizontal and vertical circulations.
The project aims to extend these qualities, integrating itself into the existing site, without trying to reproduce the original architecture but defining itself as an independent element.
Thus, the new construction is set on the same constructive frame as the existing building but the perceptible rhythm of the structure disappears behind a uniform gold copper alloy cladding system.
Thus, the facades are based on a regular rhythm of openings whose formats and layout create a linear vibration, adding a new dimension to the existing strictly functional uniformity.
Thus, the rational and massive concrete construction is superimposed by a more abstract volume, covered by golden copper alloy shingles. Its cantilever extends it beyond the buildings limits, introducing an effect of tension between the existing and the contemporary, revitalizing and distinguishing the building in its urban context.