The University of Chicago will construct a new building, designed by Chicago-based design practice Studio Gang, in Paris to offer greater opportunities for education, research and scholarly engagement across Europe, the Middle East and Africa.
The building, which is expected to open in 2022, will double UChicago’s space in Paris and replace the university’s existing centre, which has seen tremendous interest and programming since opening in 2003.
The Center in Paris was UChicago’s first global facility.
SEMAPA, a government agency in charge of the development of Paris Rive Gauche, where the current and future centres reside, has selected Studio Gang for the project.
Studio Gang partnered with PARC Architectes, a Parisian architectural firm, on the new centre.
The expansion project, to be located on the Rue des Grands Moulins and Avenue de France, is a collaboration between SEMAPA, real estate developer Icade, and the university.
The Center in Paris serves as home to UChicago’s largest undergraduate study abroad programme, a hub for research and scholarly collaborations in Europe, the Middle East and Africa, and a focal point for alumni activities.
The new project will increase the space for these activities through additions such as a theatre, laboratory and café, while connecting UChicago to one of Europe’s leading centres of culture, education and innovation.
The project comprises two interlinking parts – the new UChicago Center in Paris and a mixed-use development not owned or operated by the university.
Both parts will be housed in separate buildings connected through shared outdoor space.
The site of the expansion is part of one of Europe’s major civic projects, which focuses on developing former industrial sections of Paris’s Left Bank.
The expansion project is intended to support the university’s approach to study abroad. It will also support faculty research and collaborations across the region and will feature dedicated workspaces for research teams and visiting scholars.
The current Center in Paris, located two blocks from the expansion project site, will be closed after the completion of the new building.
Image: Rendering of UChicago. Photo: Courtesy of Studio Gang.