An extension designed by Dominique Perrault Architects, the project is designed to preserve documents from universities and research centres in the Paris region, as well as the National Library of France.
CTLES designed by Dominique Perrault are more prominently featured here. In terms of layout and architectural style constitute a harmonious whole; The orderly arrangement of buildings and interior passageways forms the basic structure of the site.
Also maintaining the consistency and integrity of the original building, the new addition is a natural extension, but is separated from the original building to avoid affecting the existing structure.
In order to ensure the preservation of the archives and to facilitate the user’s access to the documents, three major functional principles were established: two of the silo buildings house the collection of documents, located in a central gallery with natural light, and the facades are designed according to all technical requirements.
Architecturally and expressively, the extension is similar to Perrault’s other buildings. And again with metal as the only material, the extension is covered in stainless steel plates; Its brightness and the original monotonous aluminum plate formed a sharp contrast.