The Pôle Léonard de Vinci is building a new 25,000 m2 campus for 2023 in Nanterre, a stone’s throw away from La Défense. The Pôle submitted a successful bid, in the framework of the “Inventons la Métropole du Grand Paris 2”, for the site of the former School of Architecture in Nanterre (18,000 m2). The Pôle has also acquired an additional building in the Jardins de l’Arche, very close by.
The new campus will strengthen the current transversality between the schools. In line with the challenges linked to new forms of pedagogy, faculty will have access to a student-learning environment adapted to the deployment of new digital teaching methods and the hybridization of skills. An innovative environment that will guarantee success.
A new campus in line with the ambitions of the Pôle Léonard de Vinci
By 2023, Pôle Léonard de Vinci students will move to this new campus, a five minute walk from the RER A Nanterre Prefecture train station, next to La Défense, Europe’s largest business district. The heart of the campus will be a vast Agora with access to the different facilities: amphitheatres, the Learning Center, the FabLab, classrooms, gyms, a café, the local park, etc. The Agora will be an active living environment for exchange and student-learning that will also promote relaxation and offer direct access to the entire campus as well as the organisation of large events thanks to its modular design and adjoining amphitheatres.
The Pôle Léonard de Vinci is pursuing another project: the construction in 2022 of a 6,000 m2 building in the Jardins de l’Arche Paris-La Défense, a short walk from the Nanterre School of Architecture. The new building will be composed of coworking areas, a FabLab, project areas
adapted to new collaborative teaching methods, outdoor terraces, a cafeteria, recreational area, etc.
Two campuses in close proximity will bring together students from the Pôle Léonard de Vinci’s four institutions in an ecosystem of innovation and hybridization of skills, thanks to a group of buildings promoting collaborative work, the DNA of the three schools of higher education that make up the Pôle Léonard de Vinci (EMLV, ESILV, IIM) and its continuing education institute (ILV).
“For the Pôle Léonard de Vinci, it is a question of continuing our development on a new 25,000 m2 campus which, right from its conception, has taken into consideration the group’s strategy based on the hybridisation of programs and skills, multidisciplinary, the use of new teaching methods, and the teaching of corporate social responsibility and sustainability. This installation in Nanterre lies in the heart of a dynamic and innovative business district and a vital meeting palce for large groups such as Vinci, Axa, BNP Paribas, Groupama, etc. The people of Nanterre are also involved in the development of their neighbourhood. We are working together with local associations and residents on cultural activities, support actions, the fight against the digital divide and being positive actors for local youth”, explained Pascal Brouaye, Executive Director of the Association Léonard de Vinci and Driss Aït Youssef, President of the Léonard de Vinci Institute.
A green and attractive campus
Just five minutes away from the RER A station of Nanterre Préfecture and the future station of Nanterre – La Folie, which will be on the Eole line as of 2022 and the future line 15 of the Grand Paris Express, the new campus will be located in the regional park André Malraux. The objective: to extend the park into the project and the project into the park. Vegetation will be part of the building to ensure visual continuity with the park; green areas will be an integral part of the future campus with small gardens and other plant life similar to the existing species.
The campus will be highly energy efficient: the building includes bioclimatic mechanisms which limit consumption (high performance of the building shell, access to natural light, management of summer sun in teaching areas by natural ventilation, etc.). An innovative and high-performance systems will manage energy consumption. Natural light will be present in all project spaces, classrooms, the Agora and office areas. External systems will provide solar protection.
This project satisfies the most advanced standards in terms of global environmental performance: it adopts the BDF certification approach for sustainable buildings in the Paris area, with the project’s global environmental challenges being dealt with optimally, without distorting the original design of the School of Architecture. The goal is to obtain the state’s positive energy and carbon reduction programme E3C1 certification label.
About the Leonard de Vinci Pole
The Leonard de Vinci Pole is made up of three higher education institutions offering recognized degree programs that cover complementary academic fields, particularly in the digital sector: a business school, EMLV (Leonard de Vinci Business School); an engineering school, ESILV (Leonard de Vinci Engineering School), and a digital/multimedia school, IIM (Institute of Internet and Multimedia). The schools share a common research laboratory: De Vinci Research Center (DVRC). In 2019, the Pole had 5800 students (1000 on a coop/apprenticeship track), 9500 graduates, 300 collaborators (including 180 full-time, permanent faculty members) and more than 700 adjunct faculty from both the academic and professional worlds. Founded in 1995, the schools share the Pôle Universitaire Léonard de Vinci campus located in Paris – La Défense, a renowned business and trade center in the heart of the French Capital. The campus is organized around common values of hybridization, professionalization, internationalization, diversity, sports and a corporate culture. Hybridization is the result of the transversality that exists among the three schools: common modules and projects, progressive and intensive development of soft skills, an incubator, a FabLab, extracurricular activities, sports, double degrees … Engineers, managers and internet/multimedia designers and developers learn to live and work together beyond the boundaries of their own curriculum. www.devinci.fr