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National Veterinary School of Alfort — Maisons-Alfort, France

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4.930 sqm

Ecole Nationale Vétérinaire d'Alfort

Total area4.930 sqm
General ContractorCREATIS
Timber ContractorCRUARD

Rusticity ennobled

The Agora building is a major milestone for the National Veterinary School in Maison-Alfort as it restructures a historic eleven-hectare campus. The new facility houses state-of-the-art teaching and research tools and announces a new chapter in the school’s prestigious history.

The building is both a symbol of the school’s pivotal role in the research and education landscape, as well as a statement underlying the school’s ecological stance: Agora is the first building on the campus to extensively feature bio-sourced materials. Except for a single lift shaft, the entire structure is composed of timber elements which are left largely exposed to augment the sensorial experience of the building and to contribute to the full benefits of integrated biophilic design. Assembled off-site and clad in-situ with solid brick, the Agora building engages in a profound yet quiet dialogue with its neighbouring buildings from which it draws inspiration and reverence.

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