Atelier LD | Cité Descartes
Atelier LD, urbanisme, paysage, ingénierie, VRD, gestion des eaux pluviales, hydraulique, projets urbains, éco-quartiers, rénovation urbaine, extension de ville, Didier Larue, Julio Da Silva, urban planning, water management, sustainable development, public spaces, natural systems, flood management
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Cité Descartes

Outdoor spaces, landscaping and roads & utilities

Cité Descartes

Outdoor spaces, landscaping and roads & utilities

Located on the Champs sur Marne campus of Université Paris Est Marne-La-Vallée, the Descartes + building, renamed Coriolis, is an innovative Positive Energy Building (BEPOS + 32%). Easily noticeable thanks to its novel appearance, the building was conceived as a pleasant, healthy place for work and exchange, organised around a vast hanging garden and shaded by the energy-producing roof.

In the university’s green environment, the planted areas may be limited but are a strong marker of the place’s identity and quality. The hanging garden offers a unique space – a magnificent “urban nature” garden, a place of meditation and contemplation, relaxation, respiration and freshness. Thanks to the evapotranspiration of the plants and shading in summer, the abundance of plants at the centre of the project contributes to the climatic comfort of the building, and its different users.

Rainwater is stored provisionally on the plot in a small woodland area that can be temporarily submerged. The pond at the foot of the building fulfils an aesthetic role, but also filters rainwater prior to its storage in special tanks.


Ecole Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées


Comprehensive landscape design and construction of the outdoor spaces, landscape and roads & utilities


Outdoor development in the grounds of the building and creation of a podium garden.


Marne-la-Vallée (77)

Design team

Atelier Th. ROCHE (lead designer: architect), ATELIER LD (landscape design and roads & utilities (VRD)), ENERTECH (BE Fluide)


Year: 2009 – 2013// Area: 8,000m² // Cost of works: €12M excluding tax