© Maxime Delvaux

Lieu de Vie

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City, Country Saclay, France
Year 2012–2016
Client Établissement Public Paris Saclay
Architect Muoto architectes
Services Structural Engineering
Façade Engineering
Facts Useful area: 3,400 m²
Awards Equerre d’argent 2016, 1st prize

Lieu de Vie is a 53 x 21 metres cafeteria and sports activities building on four levels, including the roof. Its central vertical circulations and lift cages serve floors freed to the maximum of weight-bearing verticals. The building’s structural density decreases from the ground floor upwards. Each activity defines its own floor space. They are interconnected by a double exterior staircase, allowing views from one level to another and functionally and visually interlinking the activities. The spatial organisation of the floors creates an open, flexible building available 24/7.

The exposed concrete post and beam structure has an orthogonal framework of approximately 8 meters in both directions. To achieve a continuous, uniform vision of the structure, the dimensions of the rectangular beams and square posts are constant throughout the building and limited to a width of 30 centimeters.

Sliding glazed façades can transform each floor into a quasi-exterior space. The building’s opaque façades are either exposed concrete or have metallic cladding and thick exterior insulation fixed to concrete or masonry walls.

Façade Engineering
Reinforced Concrete
© B+G
© Muoto
© Maxime Delvaux