Roselyne Bachelot-Narquin, Minister of Culture, and Carole Delga, President of the Occitania/Pyrenees-Mediterranean Region, welcome the appointment on 1 Mayer last October, the winner of the architecture competition for the rehabilitation and extension of the École Nationale Supérieure d'Architecture in Toulouse: Pierre-Louis Faloci, Grand Prix National de l'Architecture 2018. EGIS Bâtiments Sud-Ouest, Etamine and AcoustB complete the project management team in charge of this major project.
The Toulouse National School of Architecture was built in 1971 by architect Georges Candilis, in the context of the emblematic urban operation of Toulouse-Le Mirail and the establishment, within it, of a university and a school of architecture. The original architecture, which received the “Remarkable Contemporary Architecture” label from the Ministry of Culture in 2019, responds to the designers' idea of creating “a free, constantly transforming container”. Designed for 300 students, the ENSA Toulouse now hosts more than 750. The building has been extended over the years to adapt to the growth of the workforce and to educational and scientific developments, but it has now reached saturation.
The project proposed by Pierre-Louis Faloci’s team will help meet the development needs of the school and its research activities, by rehabilitating existing buildings and creating an additional 2,500 m². This intervention also constitutes a link of the urban renewal of the district by creating a large forecourt and a pedestrian crossing connecting the upper Pradettes with the park of the castle and the University Toulouse - Jean Jaurès below.
Finally, this project is intended to be exemplary from the point of view of valuing the heritage of the XXe its alliance with architectural creation and environmental expectations, key issues in the public policy of architecture. These issues are also included in the pedagogical guidelines and scientific work of the ENSA Toulouse, a school very committed to the development and ecological and sustainable construction. This project also meets the objective set by the Region Occitanie/ Pyrénées-Méditerranée to design buildings in close relation to their environment and of very high architectural and environmental quality.
The State, the Region Occitanie/ Pyrénées-Méditerranée, the department of Haute-Garonne and Toulouse Métropole have joined forces to finance this major project with a total cost of €26 million. Carried out under the project management of the Occitania/ Pyrénées-Méditerranée Region, the project will be carried out on an occupied site for a forecast delivery in early 2024.
The architectural competition allowed the confrontation of five projects of very high quality and different parties, promoting the architectural, heritage and urban debate. The teams of the architectural agencies of Philippe Madec, Encore Heureux, Philippe Prost and W-Architectures competed.
By the choice of the project of Pierre-Louis Faloci which strengthens the school of architecture in its registration in the neighborhood, Roselyne Bachelot-Narquin, Minister of Culture and Carole Delga, President of the Region Occitanie/ Pyrénées-Mediterranean, confirm the ability of architecture to respond to strong urban issues by proposing to establish spaces with shared uses and to reshape the landscape for the benefit of everyone.