OMA's École Centrale engineering school is the official winner of Paris' Saclay competition. Four architectural firms entered the event, bidding for the pedagogic space that will serve as home to some of France's brightest students.
Clément Blanchet, the director of OMA, oversaw the development of this transparent school structure. In contrast to normative laboratories, this École Centrale structure serves to undo linearity by eliminating the presence of classrooms separated by long ominous corridors.
In place of these corridors is Blanchet's open concept. The glass windows and wide white quarters allow lessons to be viewed by onlookers, promoting inclusive and collective learning. Collaboration is certainly essential to this vision, taking notes from urbanism and a modern aesthetic.
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