Project name
École normale supérieure Paris-Saclay
Project location
Saclay, France
Architectural project
Renzo Piano Building Workshop
P. Vincent, B. Plattner (partners in charge)
École normale supérieure de Cachan
Lamm furniture
Custom study benches
An integrated table-and-seating system for nearly 2000 study desks designed not just to ensure maximum safety and durability, but to adapt to the refined aesthetics of the Paris-Saclay Campus’ architecture designed by the Renzo Piano Building Workshop for ENS Cachan, the prestigious higher-education and research institution focused on multi-disciplinary excellence and international openness. A major challenge taken on by LAMM’s R&D department in close collaboration with studio Piano, which began with the reworking of a standard product. To suit the different types of classrooms involved, study desks equipped with a fixed or tip-up writing surface and seats with or without armrests—either upholstered or wooden—were installed in the four buildings. All the seats have a very quiet and controlled closure system. The study desks, many of which are fitted with electrical cable ducts, were arranged in straight rows, on the ground floor and tiers.