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Open for business: Chipperfield's Paris management school

David Chipperfield Architects’ new 9,500m² gateway buildings at HEC School of Management in Paris will officially open this Friday (15 June)

The scheme features a 126m-long facade made up of anodised aluminium ‘fins’.

David Chipperfield Architects' HEC School of Management in Paris

David Chipperfield Architects’ HEC School of Management in Paris

The architect’s view

The buildings give a strong visual identity to HEC, creating a new entrance to the entire campus in harmony with the existing structures.
The shape of the building, with its shifted blocks, aims to create a more intimate environment for people to experience on arrival at the campus. The multi-faceted blocks naturally integrate with the surrounding buildings, and provide a series of sheltered semi-courtyards along the length of the site.
By staggering the structural volumes in this way, David Chipperfield Architects has created a distinctive, human-scale feel to the space, while providing ample facilities for students and academics. Informal study areas and teaching spaces revolve around a large common hall, which serves as a ‘social collector’ and linking the building with other facilities.  Additionally, the impressive auditorium and other common spaces have high-specification technical treatments, to ensure excellent quality presentation facilities. Informal study areas and teaching spaces revolve around a large common hall, which crosses a campus artery, serving as a ‘social collector’ and integrating the administrative and MBA faculties into the life of the rest of the institution.  

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