Endocrinology and Nutrition Center – E3M / Pitié Salpêtrière University Hospitals
Technical sheet

Endocrinology and Nutrition Center – E3M / Pitié Salpêtrière University Hospitals

Paris, 13th arrondissement

Symmetry is the Enemy

 The construction of a building dedicated to specialties related to endocrinology (metabolism, diabetology and nutrition) was the subject of a public-private partnership with Bouygues / Exprimm. This project brings together in one place the skills of the great names in this medical discipline. Consultations, laboratories, day hospital and teaching center are found over nine levels, including two basement levels, on the Pitié-Salpêtrière Hospital site.

Without logistical continuity but with the same volumetric dimensions as the Institut du Cerveau et de la Moelle Épinière building, designed by Jean-Michel Wilmotte, that it is built against, the new building by Michel Rémon combines compactness and internal living comfort.

 Playing with asymmetry, two verticals make up the main façade of the building. One is set on the ground and the other forms a "levitating" canopy above the hall. Located on the corner of the center, this spectacularly dynamic placement reveals the architect's intention: "It’s clear, [it] was designed starting from its hall."

The entrance can be seen immediately from the hospital's main arteries because it was to become its notable landmark, catching the eye due to the break it creates in a classical composition. It is also, according to Michel Rémon, because the patient’s reception is the first step in care. To soothe the internal atmosphere of this room – the patient’s first contact with the hospital - he lit it with a halo of natural light and brought life to it by the movement of a very beautiful spiral staircase leading to the therapeutic unit.

 "In the center of the site, a dual traffic path (general and services) optimizes the flows of visitors, patients and caregivers. It benefits from the light of the generously dimensioned internal courtyard." 

Fiche Technique

New-build / Public Operation

Project owner
Assistance Publique des Hôpitaux de Paris

Construction cost 
€ 41,9 million, excluding tax

Net floor area
14,902 m2

2006 – 2013  


Endocrinology - metabolic diseases - internal medicine: consultations and outpatient service, explorations, therapeutic education, laboratories, 98 hospital beds.


Project supervisor

General contractor

Bouygues Bâtiment IDF DP PPP

Bouygues Energies Services

Main contracting architect
Atelier d’Architecture Michel Rémon

Engineer and Economist
IGREC ingénierie


Crédits : Mathieu Ducros