Client: Communauté d’Agglomérations du Grand Toulouse
Surface area: 220 Ha
Budget: €44 M + Tax for redevelopment of the ZAC: roads and external works, public spaces, landscaping
Mandate: site architect-in-chief
The new service and research centre in Toulouse will bring together approximately 2,200 scientists on a site totalling 220 ha between the Garonne river and the N20 road. The site comprises several projects to the north on the former AZF site and on the south other architectural structures on what used to be the former military site of Braqueville.
The urban plan is based on the concept of a “landscaped scientific campus”. The aim is to produce a “coherent project” which despite being home to a diverse range of elements will be a united space.
The campus is mainly comprised of woodland with several clearings for the various components of the project. The campus will also include a public urban park of about 40 ha and a private ‘green zone’ along the Garonne river.
Coherence will primarily derive from the use of public spaces of all kinds (woodland, etc.) to create a shared setting ensuring the project is viewed as a “whole”. In other words immediately recognizable as a scientific campus with a unique image.
Shared services and facilities will also contribute to this objective. The positioning and architecture of these elements must therefore be especially well defined in order to encourage the shared activity and the essence of community.
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Yann Padlewski (Project director)