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Troyes Business School by JS.L

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Troyes Business School now has a new campus designed by SCAU agency including an “interior street”, providing the real backbone to the building. The classrooms are essentially functional, but this central area has been left empty by the architects to accommodate the hustle and bustle of student life. The school wanted Atelier JS.L to take responsibility for equipping and furnishing this space turning it into a lively area to gather in at the heart of the establishment.

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After an initial period of observation and interviewing the management teams and students to define what is lacking and the needs in terms of use and furnishings, the industrial design studio founded by Jean-Sébastien Lagrange has proposed two designs specifically for the campus.

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The entrance. Abandoned by the students due to a lack of seats, the entrance has been enhanced with a row of seats. This addition makes the building more welcoming and has a double use. The row of seats snugly fits the sloping ground and brings a colourful dynamic to the area through its gradients. Deliberately ambiguous regarding function and aesthetics  (rest or teaching), this seating system allows you to pause between two lessons, but it is also a “line”, an arrow prompting busy visitors to cross the space to reach the reception located several metres further on.

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Cafeteria. In the middle of the interior street, the layout of the cafeteria is convivial and open comprising a restaurant and an area to work or for relaxation. A set of platforms enables the areas to be delineated and the uses diversified by playing with the height of the work surfaces without varying the distance from the granite floor. Students have a choice of high tables, worktables and coffee tables. The colourful furniture trend highlights this progression.

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Designer Jean-Sébastien Lagrange graduated from Ecole Boulle and ENSCI – Les Ateliers. He set up his own agency and works with a range of retailers and institutions (Manufacture Nationale de Sèvres, Ministry of Culture etc.). He was a finalist for the Agora grant in 2013 and 2009 and Villa Kujoyama residence in 2016.

Photos credits : Paul Jouan

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