OMA’s Lab City, CentraleSupélecLab City, designed for the CentraleSupélec research institute, in Paris Saclay, is now complete. It is the international A+D firm’s first foray into a scientific building: housing, as it does, an engineering school, whose laboratories our friends at OMA have reconfigured so as to render them more flexible. Characteristic of its name, Lab City is laid out like an urban grid made up of independent blocks of varying heights which house either labs or classrooms. A translucent roof covers the building’s public areas creating a continuity of natural light. Rooftop terraces will also be utilized as workspaces, and a main street, which diagonally intersects Lab City, will serve as a public pathway connecting it to the surrounding campus.
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