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Sou Fujimoto Architects in partnership with Manal Rachdi OXO Architectes and Nicolas Laisné Associés have won the competition to design the École Polytechnique Learning Centre in Paris-Saclay.
The competition brief was to design a single building where study programmes will be shared between six education and research institutions belonging to the Paris-Saclay University: the École Polytechnique, Institut Mines-Telecom, AgroParistech, ENSTA Paris tech, ENSAE ParisTech and Institut d’Optique.
The jury chose the winning design due to its openness, transparency and porosity. The Learning Centre was presented as a point of convergence of the six institutions, where knowledge could come together and be shared. The building will host 150 staff and 2,000 students within its versatile and transformative spaces. In addition to several lecture halls and numerous classrooms, there will also be spaces dedicated to innovative teaching and learning methods, for example, distance learning rooms, video conference facilities, collaborative working spaces, which will create an opt