Ducasse School – Paris Campus by Arte Charpentier Architectes

Culinary education space composed of five elements

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The major new training center of 5 000 m², dedicated to the transmission and promotion of French gastronomic expertise, is located in the outlying district of Meudon-la-Fôret, 10km to the south-west of Paris, in an area of huge potential for the Greater Paris region.

▼建筑外观,external view of the building ©Boegly Grazia


Situated on the edge of Meudon forest, the building is inspired by the presence of nature. The building mass is subdivided into 4 separate entities representing the four elements of earth, water, fire, and air, with a strong physical and metaphorical link to the act of eating, and which are reunited around a central space, the fifth element or “void”.

▼设计概念,design concept ©Arte Charpentier Architectes


The workshops and kitchens are gradually revealed, by means of openings and see-through panels allowing an understanding of the spatial organization of the building, its functions, and uses. The internal street, evoking with its lively ambiance the famous Parisian covered passages. At the ends of the street, forming a cross in plan view, full-height glazing admits a maximum amount of natural light, whilst bringing views of the natural landscape into the building.

▼主入口,main entrance ©Boegly Grazia

▼透过透明立面看到建筑内部的功能空间,view of the functional spaces inside the building through transparent facade ©Boegly Grazia


The building sits upon a smooth, dark, solid concrete base, which anchors it firmly to the site, and expresses the notions of permanence and stability. Symbolically, it represents the theoretical foundations of learning, whilst the upper, most important part, symbolizes practice and experience. This upper section clad in a sculpted metal skin is lighter in appearance, and more subtly articulated, the shiny metal echoing the stainless steel furnished kitchens found within. It is this contrast between form and material which gives the campus all its force and character.

▼富有雕塑感的金属立面,sculptural metal facade ©Boegly Grazia


These overhanging elevations, being more exposed to the processes of weathering, are given a sculpted metal form as if eroded by the natural forces of rain and wind, creating a wholly unique appearance and contemporary feel. From the outside, the architecture is characterized by the curving rhythms of brushed metal punctuated by sweeping glass facades.

▼金属立面细部,details of the metal facade ©Boegly Grazia

主立面后是一间巨大的餐厅,成为整栋建筑的船头,面向公众开放,展示主厨Alain Ducasse的精湛厨艺。215平米的餐厅可容纳60人就餐,由Jouin Manku设计,整体为一片双层通高的线性空间,面朝露台,可以享受自然景色

The main façade is dominated by a large restaurant, forming the prow of the building, showcasing the expertise of Chef Alain Ducasse, and open to the public. The 215 m² restaurants with a seating capacity of 60, laid out and decorated by design agency Jouin Manku, has been imagined as a double-height, linear space, orientated towards the terrace.

▼餐厅和露台,restaurant and terrace ©Boegly Grazia


The different training and activity areas are organized on the ground and first floors, comprising 9 laboratories for the culinary arts, a patisserie, a bakery, chocolate, and ice cream-making areas, an area for sensory analysis for the matching of food and wine and for the discovery of new flavors, 7 classrooms for instruction in subjects such as finance, marketing, and human resources, 1 knowledge center and co-working areas, 1 back office and administrative offices. In addition, there are areas open to the public such as a culinary boutique with a takeaway service, and a restaurant offering two different styles of dining: ‘gastronomic’ and ‘bistro’.

▼室内街道,inner street ©Boegly Grazia

▼休息区,可以欣赏室外的自然景观,rest area with outdoor scenery ©Boegly Grazia

▼从走廊看向厨房,view to the kitchen from the street ©Boegly Grazia

▼厨房,kitchen ©Boegly Grazia


The Ecole Ducasse meets French Energy Efficiency Standard RT2012 and has received HQE Passeport (excellent) certification. The landscaping proposals for the Ecole Ducasse were informed by a reflection on the integration of the site within a natural context, characterized by the abundantly green surrounding plots, and by the edge of Meudon forest itself. To this end, trees were planted around the edges of the site, accompanied by shrub hedges and fruit bushes, to create a buffer zone of planting around the building. Comprising a variety of evergreen and deciduous species, the visual screen changes color with the evolving seasons. The biodiversity of the site is augmented by the planting of a large range of aromatic and fruit-bearing shrubs in the hedges, which might also satisfy the curiosity and appetite of students who can sample them throughout the seasons.

▼景观平面图,landscape layout ©Arte Charpentier Architectes


Landscaped places: the entrance forecourt is an outdoor terrace for the restaurant, a flavor garden composed of aromatic or edible plants for educational or recreational use, a cherry orchard provides a shady place to sit out during a break in the activities, the car parking area is also green and mostly hidden from the main entrance, the restaurant terrace, and the street. The Green Roof, certain inaccessible areas such as the roofs will constitute natural refuges for the local flora and fauna. Locally occurring insect-pollinating plants will be favored for their production of quantities of natural seeds, and their role in attracting pollinating insects to the site.

▼一层平面图,first floor plan ©Arte Charpentier Architectes

▼二层平面图,second floor plan ©Arte Charpentier Architectes

▼细部,details ©Arte Charpentier Architectes

Floor area: 5 057 m2
Adress: 16 – 20 Avenue du Maréchal Juin, Meudon-la-Fôret (92)
Delivery date: November 2020
Client: Covivio
Assistant client: Artelia
Design team leader, architecture, interior design, landscape design: Arte Charpentier Architectes
Restaurant design: Jouin Manku for the initiation restaurant design

Structural: Terrell
Building services – fluids: Barnabel
Acoustics: AVLS
Quantity surveyor: DAL
Building control : Socotec
Environmental sustainability: Green Affair
External finishes: Joseph Ingenierie
Kitchen design: BEGC
Civil engineering: CL Infra
Building contractor: SPIE Batignolles

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