The project works at three scales: the campus, the buildings, the lodging. Its ambition is to create an active and welcoming place to live, where each resident can appropriate their own space.

Olympe de Gouges University Residence by ppa • architectures
© Philippe Ruault

Architectppa • architectures
Location: Toulouse, France
Year: 2017
Surface: 14,641 sq.m.
Associate Architects: Scalene Architectes, Almudever Fabrique d’Architecture
Landscape:  ATP
Furniture and Lodging Design: a+b
Engineers: Egis
Photography: Philippe Ruault, Antoine Seguin, A+B

Olympe de Gouges University Residence by ppa • architectures
© Philippe Ruault

An open, urban project, an active campus. Two groups of buildings free up a park, which addresses the neighbourhood and encompasses the various student residences (1,000 lodgings in all). In the lee of the hill and extending out from the large central meadow, a communal living building houses rooms for student organizations. These facilities provide a structure for student activity and social life, nurturing conditions for an active, community campus.

Olympe de Gouges University Residence by ppa • architectures
© Philippe Ruault

A simple, rational and frugal architecture, generous buildings. The new buildings are suspended above the ground to facilitate the communal use of the campus. Each building wraps around a central garden with broad walkways (a vertical extension to the campus). Generous and welcoming, they provide access to and extend the private space of the individual lodgings.

Olympe de Gouges University Residence by ppa • architectures
© Antoine Seguin

The restrained architecture of the project deliberately leaves space for individual appropriation by developing potential spaces. To the ancient, cloister-like arrangement of the volumes, replies the abstraction of the panels, which serve both as shutters and as cladding to the facade. Their dimensions rhythm the entire project, changing the perception of scale and diluting the beehive effect that might otherwise arise in the repetitive stacking of 615 lodgings. Always changing, this outer skin reacts as much to the reflections of its surroundings, as to the habits of its occupants.

Olympe de Gouges University Residence by ppa • architectures
© Philippe Ruault

A Comfortable and Flexible Lodging A living space to be appropriated. The lodging (16 m2) is a standard space that has not been over prescribed (neither cell, nor miniature apartment) so as to remain freely appropriable by its occupant. It is furnished so as to enable the reorganization for individual use and lifestyles, while freeing up living space.

Olympe de Gouges University Residence by ppa • architectures
© Antoine Seguin

The Ponsan typeface was specially designed for the signage of the Crous Olympe de Gouges university residence. It was then offered to the administrative staff and students for use in internal communication on the campus.

Olympe de Gouges University Residence by ppa • architectures
© Philippe Ruault

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Olympe de Gouges University Residence by ppa • architectures
© Antoine Seguin

Olympe de Gouges University Residence by ppa • architectures
© Philippe Ruault

Olympe de Gouges University Residence by ppa • architectures
© Antoine Seguin

Olympe de Gouges University Residence by ppa • architectures
© Philippe Ruault

Olympe de Gouges University Residence by ppa • architectures
© Antoine Seguin

Olympe de Gouges University Residence by ppa • architectures
© Antoine Seguin

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Olympe de Gouges University Residence by ppa • architectures
© Antoine Seguin

Olympe de Gouges University Residence by ppa • architectures
© Antoine Seguin

Olympe de Gouges University Residence by ppa • architectures
© a+b

Olympe de Gouges University Residence by ppa • architectures
© a+b

Olympe de Gouges University Residence by ppa • architectures
© a+b

Olympe de Gouges University Residence by ppa • architectures
© Philippe Ruault

Olympe de Gouges University Residence by ppa • architectures
© Antoine Seguin

Olympe de Gouges University Residence by ppa • architectures

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