A journey of permeable spaces. LUMEN University of Saclay by Beaudouin Architects and MGM Arquitectos

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Beaudouin Architects, MGM Morales de Giles Arquitectos. Lead architect.- Laurent Beaudouin.
Project team
Emmanuelle Beaudouin (Beaudouin Architects), Sara de Giles (MGM), José Morales (MGM).
Concept project director.- Noémie Gaineau.
Project Director.- Yuning Song.
Construction manager.- Jeremy Bedel.
Structural Ingeneer.- Jen-Marc Weill C&E-ingénierie.
Université de Paris Saclay.
Leon Grosse.
6,900 sqm.
Project.- 2016.
Completed.- 2023.
8 avenue des Sciences, Gif sur Yvette, France.
Facade pannels.- Gantois.
Lighting.- Zumthobel.
Linoleum floor.- Forbo Sarlino.

Laurent Beaudouin, Emmanuelle Beaudouin. Beaudouin Architects

Beaudouin Architects is an architectural practice based in Nancy, France and Paris founded in 1980 by Laurent Beaudouin. The Atelier has worked on a wide variety of projects, including libraries, museums, various renovations, university buildings, and housing.

Laurent Beaudouin graduated from the Nancy School of Architecture in 1979. He spent 1983 at the Cooper Union School in New York, where he followed the work of John Hejduk in the context of the Villa Médicis "Hors les murs". In 1981, he built a corner building in Nancy which reveals the influence of Alvaro Siza, with whom he shares the same humanism and a certain architectural ethic, and with whom he worked from 1992 onwards on the urban plan for the center of Montreuil, which he has been working on since 2001.

Alongside his work as an architect, Laurent Beaudouin teaches at the Paris Val de Seine School of Architecture. He was also an assistant to Christian de Portzamparc at the École d'Architecture de Paris-Nanterre (1984-85) and then a lecturer at the same school (1985-1986) before joining the École d'Architecture de Paris-Belleville (1986-1999), where he participated in the UNO group alongside Henri Ciriani, whose theoretical contribution would be essential to his work, and the École d'Architecture de Nancy between 1999 and 2014.

The projects carried out from 1987 onwards with his wife Emmanuelle focus to a large extent on interventions in old places, developing the idea of a presence of modernity in the historic city. In parallel to their urban and architectural projects, Emmanuelle and Laurent Beaudouin developed a design activity that gave their buildings a specific coherence.

José Morales, Juan González Mariscal, Sara de Giles Dubois. MGM Arquitectos

MGM Arquitectos, Morales Giles Mariscal Arquitectos, is an architecture studio founded by José Morales and Juan González Mariscal in 1987. In 1998 Sara de Giles Dubois joined the studio as a new partner. It was in 2004 when the firm acquired the name Morales de Giles Arquitectos SL.

The firm's work has been carried out mainly on the basis of important awards in conceptual competitions. The projects have been developed looking for quality solutions at each stage, a strong coherence between all aspects of the project and a particular attention to details obtained through absolute control of materials and technological solutions.

Their works have been exhibited at the Venice Architecture Biennale in 2000, 2002 and 2006; at the ON-SITE: New Architecture in Spain exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art in New York (MoMA); and in the biennial of Spanish architecture in 1997, 1999, 2001, 2007 and 2009.

As for prizes, they have been awarded numerous prizes, among which are: The International Spanish Architecture Prize 2017, The Spanish Architecture Prize 2013, finalist in the Mies van der Rohe Prize in 2001 and 2009, first prize in the AIT Awards 2012 and 2014, Awarded in 2016 in the XIII Spanish Biennial of Architecture and Urbanism as well as in the X Ibero-American Biennial of Architecture and Urbanism.

José Morales is a Professor in the Department of Architectural Projects at the University of Seville since 2004. He founded the architecture studio MGM Morales, Giles, Mariscal in 1987.

He has been a visiting professor at various universities, including: Technnische Universitat de Berlín (Germany), Universidad Internacional de Catalunya, Barcelona (Spain), Escola da Cidade. Sao Paulo. (Brazil), School of Architecture of Nancy (France), University of Montevideo, (Uruguay), University of Navarra ETSA of Pamplona (Spain); Ecole d ’architecture de Paris Val de Seine (France), University of Applied Sciences Hochschule de Bochum (Germany).

He has been curator of the XIV Spanish Biennial of Architecture and Urbanism together with Sara de Giles.

Sara de Giles Dubois is a PhD architect and Professor of Architectural Projects at the ETSA in Seville since 1998. Since then she has shared an architecture studio with José Morales, as a main partner, at MGM Arquitectos.

She has been a visiting professor and lecturer at various universities, including: International University of Catalonia, Barcelona, ​​ENSA Paris Val de Seine (France). Escola da Cidade. Sao Paulo. (Brazil), Ryerson University, Toronto (Canada), University of Montevideo, (Uruguay), University of Applied Sciences Hochschule de Bochum (Germany), USAT de Chiclayo (Peru), School of Architecture of Cuenca (Ecuador).

She has been curator of the XIV Spanish Biennial of Architecture and Urbanism together with José Morales.



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