Technical Sheet

Technical Sheet

New-build/ Private operation

Client
Air Liquide

Construction cost  
Confidential

Net floor area
18,000 m2

Date
2014 – 2017

PROGRAM

– 48 research laboratories (1,440 m² of useful surface area) and associated rooms (7,797 m² of useful surface area)
– Reception area, auditorium, immersive room (2,000 m² of useful surface area)

TEAM MEMBERS

Architect in charge
Atelier d’Architecture Michel Rémon

Landscape architect 
Laure Planchais

Light designer
Yann Kersalé

Engineer
SETEC Bâtiment

Facades
Roux Ingénierie Structures

Environment
Tribu

Acoustics
AVLS

Economist
Vanguard

BIM

Bim studies

 

Copyright: Golem

Paris-Saclay Research Center / Air Liquide

Loges-en-Josas

A World unto Itself, a Smart Hive

Because he shared the adventure of its design with its future occupants, the Air Liquide Research and Development Center has a special place in the career of Michel Rémon.

“France is your origin, but the world is your territory” – this was the founding statement of the admiring architect to the men and women of the Air Liquide Research Center. And this is how the project began.

With these scientists whose research benefits the entire planet, Michel Rémon “invented” a unique workplace. The combination of skills of the designer and the researchers thus gave the Claude-Delorme Center the media status of a “world unto itself”, emblematic of the Air Liquide group’s know-how.

The autonomous visual existence of the site incarnates its powerful scientific aura. It conveys the Group’s international reputation well beyond the rural landscape of Loges-en-Josas and much further than the Paris-Saclay scientific cluster to which it is connected.

From the initial approach, the building manifests the commitment of the client to energy and environmental performance. Its transparency expresses the gaseous fluidity of its “raw material”. It also reflects the will to burden the planet as little as possible. The building resolves the question of energy from solar panels through hydrogen storage: a first in France! The Center finds its own resources from within and is even able to power the hydrogen-fueled cars driving around it.

The biodiversity of the world garden around it is ensured by landscape architect Laure Planchais. She pays tribute to the great traveling botanists and to the historical link between the estate of Versailles and the Plateau de Saclay.

“’Smart’ is everywhere: between the layout of the laboratories like piano keys, a single corridor encourages encounters between scientists. This research artery is treated as a space in depth, punctuated with living spaces, dedicated to relaxation or meetings.”

Paris-Saclay Research Center / Air Liquide