“This is a bold experimental approach to a traditional academic programme, with shops and offices at street level, and with two floors of multistorey parking above them forming the base for student residences organized around a garden court. The architecture has a permanence that gives the project a monumental quality that cuts across the provisional nature of the content which might one day see the parking spaces repurposed.” Deyan Sudjic


— Pierre Chabard

In the heart of the Paris-Saclay cluster – a miniature French-style Silicon Valley that has been under construction for a decade in the south-west of Paris – Stéphanie Bru and Alexandre Theriot (Bruther), in association with Adrien Verschuere (Baukunst), completed the Rosalind Franklin university residence in the autumn of 2020. Fitting the two parts of the programme – 192 social student housing units with common areas and commercial premises; a partly reversible underground and open-air car park with 491 spaces – in the same building in a U-shape around a shared garden, the project is striking for its strange mixture of aesthetic intransigence, structural commitment and spatial generosity.

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  • Saclay

  • Palaiseau, Essonne

  • 192 student apartments, common spaces, garden and reversible car park

  • International design competition

  • Etablissement Public d’Aménagement Paris-Saclay

  • 1/10/20

  • 9750 m²

  • 21 500 000,00 €

  • Batiserf

  • Inex

  • Gamba

  • VS-A (Facade consultant)

  • Sicra, Rinaldi

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