Pontificio Seminario Campano Interregionale and Pontificia Facoltà teologica dell’Italia meridionale
École normale supérieure Paris-Saclay
Renzo Piano Building Workshop
P. Vincent, B. Plattner (partners in charge)
École normale supérieure de Cachan
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.