The Condorcet Campus at Porte de la Chapelle is at the heart of an urban context undergoing profound changes at the prospect of the future “Chapelle Internationale” and to the west of the site “Gare des Mines – Fillettes”. It is situated in close proximity to a major infrastructure network made up of railway lines from the Gares du Nord and de l’Est, the Boulevard Périphérique, and the future express connection to Charles de Gaulle airport. Its remarkable position at Porte de la Chapelle, destined to become a Metropolitan Place in Greater Paris, and at the articulation of two strategic boulevards (Boulevard Ney and the Avenue de la Porte de la Chapelle) endow it with major urban status in the renewal of surrounding territories.The future Condorcet Campus is presented as a porous building, open onto the city, with a reading in depth of its activities and the life of the campus. All shared functions have been placed on the ground floor so as to constitute an active base in direct interface with the exterior, in order to activate the urban context of the Porte de la Chapelle and to affirm the public character of the structure. These entities act as vectors of urban dynamics.
Salwa Mikou & Selma Mikou - Unit Master inter 16
Saint-Denis, France 2009
A coloured roof which gives reference to the lanterns of the cathedrals next to the building.
The body of the building seen from the main street shows a glazed screen façade giving the possibility for transparency in the interior gardens and under the coloured ceiling.
A visually remarkable amenity in the city centre , visible by its façades and its roof, a founding element of the project. We designed it to be both welcoming and protective, turned inwards towards inner courtyards to ensure privacy.
The project is designed as connected fragments: blue islands that are both isolated from the façade by circulation areas and open to an inner sea. The inner void of the courtyard evokes the outline of the Tallinn shoreline and contrasts with the regular oblong form of the external volume