A century of architecture

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The International Campus is endowed with an exceptional built architectural heritage, characterised by the diversity of styles, which combine national references and modernist design. Constructed between 1925 and 1969, the 40 residences* of the International Campus bear witness to the architectural diversity of the 20th century. 

 

Although town planning was a science still in its infancy in France, a general land management plan for the International Campus and its grounds was drawn up from the very outset of the project.

The first Residence to emerge on the site was the Fondation DEUTSCH DE LA MEURTHE, inaugurated in 1925. Its architect drew his inspiration from the “garden city” to create a collection of buildings which would become a point of reference. The Maison d’Iran, which became the Fondation AVICENNE) was the last building constructed to this date.

An exceptional heritage

Positively daring styles stand alongside residences built on the model of English colleges, following the example of the Fondation DEUTSCH DE LA MEURTHE. Some take as their reference the style of their country, such as the Maison du Japon with its nuances and refinements of decor, reflecting the Japanese architectural traditions, or else the Fondation BIERMANS-LAPÔTRE with its facade inspired by Flemish architecture.
Others are the work of famous architects, such as LE CORBUSIER: The Fondation Suisse and the Maison du Brésil, or the architect, DUDOK and his Collège néerlandais, or else la Fondation AVICENNE, designed by Claude PARENT.

 

Five residences are protected as Historic Monuments. The renovation of the interiors has been entrusted to renowned artists, such as Charlotte PERRIAND and Jean PROUVÉ.

 

Concerned for the future of its built heritage, the International Campus has for 10 years now been conducting an extensive renovation campaign which has enabled us to renovate and to adapt a large part of these residences to current standards of comfort. This campaign, supported by a vast programme of patronage, is designed to unify the area and to put a new value on the heritage, with our sights on sustainable development. It is planned, for example, to build new residences and to protect the site from noise pollution.

A heritage to be discovered or rediscovered

The “Une architecture d’exception”(Exceptional Architecture) guided tour is organised on the first Sunday of every month by L/OBLIQUE. This is a chance to discover the various trends in architecture in the 20th century, from the most inventive modernity to the most unusual styles.

The “An ecological park” guided tour will enable you to discover the 34 hectares of this extraordinary green space, its history, how it is managed, its fauna and flora, and will inform you about its ecological management methods.

*The International Campus park, in the 14th arrondissement shelters 37 Residences. The Lila and Quai de la Loire Residences are located in the 19th arrondissement of Paris and the Fondation HARAUCOURT on the Ile de Bréhat. This makes a total of 40 residences.