HEC Campus, Evolution of a Model
A landmark university campus near Paris, rebuilt and extended by David Chipperfield and Martin Duplantier
1st edition, 2019
Text in English and French
232 pages, 77 color and 33 b/w illustrations and plans
15 x 23 cm
HEC Paris is a leading European school of advanced business studies with a global community of students from Europe, North and South America, Asia, Africa, and the Middle East. In 2012, HEC Paris’s campus near Versailles was redesigned by renowned architects Martin Duplantier and David Chipperfield to reflect the school’s global character and its focus on open communication and exchange.
This new book documents the HEC Campus’s transformation in close detail and richly illustrated, including a newly commissioned photo essay by award-winning French photographer Cyrille Weiner. It takes readers through the planning and construction of its modern buildings, designed by René Coulons, throughout the 1960s, and the careful contemporary restoration of many of these structures by Duplantier and Chipperfield. The architects also conceived an entirely new building and a surrounding park, which has become a key element of social life on campus. Through essays and an interview with Martin Duplantier, the book also explores the interplay of preservation and renovation and demonstrates how this exemplary contemporary redesign can be taken as a model for this sort of planning.