As part of the conversion project developed in partnership with Wilmotte & Associés and heritage architect Pierre Bortolussi, Moreau Kusunoki focused on the contemporary extensions, namely the Pavilion and the main courtyard in relation to the underground library.
THE URBAN CAMPUS, A PLACE OF TRANSPARENCY
Defying the trend of the exodus of urban campuses away from city centres into suburban locations, Sciences Po’s intervention “Cœur 2022” consciously implements itself in the historic Hôtel de l’Artillerie at the very heart of the Rive Gauche in the 7th arrondissement of Paris. Surrounded by numerous governmental, cultural and longstanding educational institutions, Sciences Po physically and symbolically occupies the intersection of the political and academic hearts of Paris.
With this strategic centripetal expansion Sciences Po redeﬁnes the typology of the 21st century urban campus as a place of communication, integration and transparency.
Nestled within a former monastery, introverted and withdrawn from its surrounding dense historic city fabric, the site of the Hôtel de l’Artillerie is exceptional in terms of
its scale and its heritage value.
Three historic courtyards, each distinct in its architectural language and landscaping, the Cours Gribeauval,
Sébastopol and Teuille de Beaulieu weave together the different units of the campus.
“Emergence”, a glazed pavilion positioned in the largest courtyard across the landscaped steps, is the symbol of the new campus, trans- parent and open to the world.
The large pivoting windows on the main facade, in an open position, push the feeling of continuity between the interior and the exterior to its climax. The principles of openness and transparency and the dissolution of the boundary be- tween inside and outside are at the heart of the Pavilion’s conception, reﬂecting the university’s own values of diversity and exchange.
Beyond the Pavilion, the recognisable focal point of the project, the complete intervention includes the creation of underground spaces which accommodate, most notably, the new library lit by glass canopies and the sculpted ﬂoor of the courts.
A SCHOOL OF GLOBAL OUTREACH
The Pavilion houses student study and work spaces along its upper ﬂoors, and a cafeteria on the ground and underground ﬂoors. Both levels open directly onto the outside are are internally linked through the stepping surface. The court is excavated amphi-theatrically, allowing the Pavilion’s ground ﬂoor to open onto a terrace, while the underground level spills out onto the garden. The excavated space is surrounded along the remaining sides by research spaces to the east, the new library to the south, and a temporary exhibition space to the west.
The stepped space provides a mixof landscaped and hardscaped outdoor spaces for everyday use by students and staff, and doubles up as an outdoor ceremony hall for celebrations and special events, directly fronted by the Pavilion as its stage.
A TIMELESS AESTHETIC
In its play with different nuances of grey — the grey of the concrete, of the steel, of the skies of Paris as reﬂected in the glass — the project creates a universal and timeless aesthetic, free of superﬁcial expressive acrobatics. It brings out the honest and raw beauty of the slabs, the columns and the volumes, all in harmony with the digniﬁed and sparsely decorated architecture of the heritage buildings.
The glass façades mirror the historic buildings, and subtly invite a new light on them. This minimalist attitude establishes the Pavilion ﬁrmly within the historic court, and turns it into a welcoming link between city and campus, an inviting place of encounter and exchange, strongly rooted in the past and looking into the future.
Technical Inspection Board
Construction Project Management
42 M € for the entire intervention
16 106 m2
La Fondation Nationale de Sciences Politiques (FNSP)
Groupe Solelym Dixence
Moreau Kusunoki (conception and new construction), Wilmotte & Associés (conversion of exisiting buildings), Pierre Bortolussi (heritage architect)
Franck Boutté Consultants (sustainable engineering), Mugo (landscaping), Barbanel (MEP), Terrel Group (façade engineering), SASAKI (urban planner)
Bouygues Renovation Private (GO), MCI (glazed façades), GHPartners (metalworks), Lefort (heating, ventilation, AC and plumbing), SDEL (electricity)
Bouygues Rénovation Privée