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Institut des Mobilités et Transports Durables (IMTD) & Institut International du Management (IIM) - Université Polytechnique des Hauts-de-France (UPHF) | Coldefy

Valenciennes, France

Institut des Mobilités et Transports Durables (IMTD) & Institut International du Management (IIM) - Université Polytechnique des Hauts-de-France (UPHF) | Coldefy

Photo credit: Epaillard Machado

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PROJECT DETAILS:

Program: two research institutes including a scientific and multimedia exhibitions’ forum (400 people) with revolving stages for vehicles, suspended video rotunda video, 8 double-sided suspended screens, a Fablab, a physical and numeric documentary center, an auditorium with 200-seat retractable seating, translation booths, removable wall open on the forum, an agora (dining area, coffee-bar with outdoor terrace in the patio -100 people),  creativity and lecture rooms split by a removable partition, an amphitheater (300 people), 10 classrooms and 5 multimedia rooms, offices.
Location: Technopôle Transalley - Avenue Loubat, 59300 Famars / Valenciennes, France

Status: delivered end of 2020
Cost: 15.5M€including 4M€ equipment
Floor area: 5,900 sqm
Client: UPHF (Université Polytechnique Hauts-de-France)
Lead Architect: Coldefy (Project Director: Simon Ducreu, Project Manager: Katrin Bergmann)
Associate Architect: Relief Architecture
Furniture: Coldefy and Les Murs ont des Plumes
Scenographers: Les Murs ont des Plumes
Signage: Studio Briand & Berthereau
Engineering office: Projex Ingénierie
HQE engineers: Diagobat
Economist: Alteremo
Overseeing and Coordination Function: EGIS
Photo credit: Epaillard Machado

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Intended to stimulate innovation, to imagine the mobility and industry of tomorrow, the institutes form an ecosystem dedicated to sustainable mobility and transport. They meet the highest standards of international science parks. Located in one of the most dynamic regions in terms of automobile, rail, aeronautics, and new mobility, they are intended for students, businesses (they host an incubator and an accelerator), and also to the general public.

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Architectural and urban integration aspect
On the same site, training, research, and commercial activities come together around the theme of sustainable transport. The IMTD and the IIM, which are part of the Université Polytechnique des Hauts-de-France’s Innovative Campus operation, are the nerve center of the technology park. Linked by the grand central square, which is a garden, they form a single unit. This garden, which includes a demonstration and experimentation track, creates a strong link with the IMTD exhibition spaces.

The buildings aligned like a showcase, create a continuous space. The entire site is perfectly aligned. Enveloping the building is a double-skin façade providing acoustic insulation, solar shading in summer, and thermal insulation in winter. The gable walls provide night-time illumination, transforming them into lanterns at night.