The Institut Photovoltaïque d’Ile de France (IPVF) is the result of a collaboration between TOTAL and EDF, with the participation of CNRS and the Ecole Polytechnique, who wish to combine their research efforts in the field of photovoltaics.
The ‘L’shape of the building aligns with the street frontage and enables views of the forest to all of the laboratory and office spaces. The building orientation ensures all the rooves benefit from a south facing aspect.
The building entrance court is a welcoming and convivial space, with the planting and paving finishes, forming a transition zone between inside and outside. The feeling of a room in continuity with the building is emphasized by the transparency of the entrance hall and by warm-toned LED lighting in the evening. The lighting is adaptable depending on the seasons and programming of events.
The continuous grid design of the facade gives the impression of finesse, verticality and movement and unifies the laboratories and offices in a homogeneous whole. The lines and proportions define a scale and find their echo in neighbouring buildings. At the same time, the sobriety of its appearance conveys a feeling of zen.
The colours, light grey and white, were chosen for their ability to reflect the constantly changing colour of light due to the orientation of the facade and the seasons; in a sense this expresses the dynamic character of research and of the changing nature of the profession. The building is like an urban beacon in the landscape.
The central portion of the building is treated in dark tones of grey and brown so as to blend in with the landscape at the edge of the forest, and also to contrast with adjacent buildings.
The research areas are articulated so as to optimize privacy and create spaces for contemplation.
On the office level, staff benefit from a 100m² external terrace for relaxation, and another terrace of 345 m² is landscaped and planted to contribute towards rainwater absorption.
The projet consists of a public zone (reception, auditorium), a communal and collaborative zone (administration, management, partner offices, and laboratories), and a private zone (TOTAL and EDF with offices and laboratories).
The site is situated adjacent to the École Polytechnique and occupies a priviledged position in proximity to the edge of the forest. The planned future development of the site includes a mixture of residential and business building types including research centres, sports and other public facilities, schools, student and family housing. The varied nature of the planned development extends the character of neighbouring districts and the new building by Arte Charpentier will form a gateway to it.
The aim of the project is to offer an exemplary solution to the issues of environment, resources, sustainability, and space economics, and last but in no means least, a high quality working environment for the researchers.
– Client: Kaufman & Broad
–Representative: Arte Charpentier Architectes
– Quantity surveyor : Georges Ventre & Associes
– Structural & Electrical services : Igrec Ingenierie
– Laboratory consultant : Faure QEI
– Title : Institut Photovoltaïque d’Ile de France
– Address: ZAC Polytechnique
– Post code : 91120
– Town : Palaiseau
– Date of consultation : 2013
– Nature of the operation : Office and laboratory space
– Floor area : 6400 m²
– Site area : 32 ha
Photo credit : DR Arte Charpentier Architectes