AS.Architecture-Studio Ecole supérieure de commerce Novancia PAMOI1

2006 / 2011

Novancia Business School

Education & Research / Office & Industry / Interior design / Rehabilitation

Restructuring and extension of a business school and construction of a complex: 3 amphitheaters (2 x 70 seats and 1 x 90 seats), a 300-seat auditorium, film set, food and beverage areas, and an independent office building.

The Novancia Business School extension asserts its modern features while being in line with the heritage building that date back to 1908 and in harmony with the entire neighbourhood. Contrasting with the steady and rough bricks of the 1908 building, the extension is smooth, dynamic and kinetic. It’s morphology is a result of the Haussmann-inspired template and the will to open the block onto toward urban space. The historic and contemporary aspects of the project strengthen each other and express the idea of evolution. The building has a simplified outline and glazed facades composed of mobile vertical coloured shutters. They control solar gain according to the seasons. From the outside, different angles of view allow for different perceptions: depending on the degree to which the shutters are opened, the building seems closed when seen from afar and transparent when standing next to it. Interior areas are user-friendly and have readily legible layouts, set around a main atrium. The classroom and office spaces lead into the central atrium via a series of open galleries.
The auditoria and cafeteria are directly connected to the atrium. The atrium is a new area dedicated to social interaction. It is also the main foyer, a vertical and horizontal buffer space and a transition zone from older to contemporary times.


Contracting authority: Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Paris
Architect: AS.Architecture-Studio
Engineering: Arcoba
Quantity surveyor: Eco Cités
Environmental approach: Eco Cités
Acoustics: Acoustique Vivié
Assignment: Full design & work supervision
Surface area: 22 360 sqm (including parking)
Competition: 2006, winner
Completion: 2011

Paris, France

Novancia Business School

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