A shared home

In bringing our research and teaching activities together, the 1, Saint-Thomas site will foster a collaborative environment and promote interdisciplinarity. All members of the Sciences Po community—students, alumni, staff, faculty, public authorities and private partners—will be able to live the Sciences Po experience. This shared home base will highlight both the diversity of their activities and their complementary nature.

Thanks to 1, Saint-Thomas, Sciences Po has the means to reinvent itself, to become even more deeply rooted in the heart of our city, Paris, and to build an urban campus known throughout the world.

Frédéric Mion, President of Sciences Po

A 150,000 sq ft site.

A 10,700 sq ft library

3,200 sq ft dedicated to entrepreneurship and business incubation

A “learning garden” of nearly 10,700 sq ft

Hundreds of square meters of new communal and social areas for students, including a new 5,300 sq ft cafeteria

2 new computer rooms, including a stock-market floor

An exceptional heritage to develop and promote

The estate has seen four centuries of history since the Dominicans were established here in 1632. The coming renovations will seek to reveal the original structure and put all the past “lives” of the building on display by showcasing elements of great historical and heritage value. The authenticity of the facades will be preserved, the decor and gallery of the cloister restored, the landscaped areas corresponding to the kitchen garden and the cloister garth recreated, and the canons conserved to recall two centuries of military use.

Sciences Po, with project management assistance from JLL, selected the design project proposed by a team which combines architectural creativity and university design engineering :

1, Saint-Thomas will give Sciences Po a strong image abroad. A Parisian university in a student district in the heart of the city… it’s a wonderful symbol.

Jean-Michel Wilmotte, architect

A sustainable campus

Because Sciences Po is redeveloping its campus for the next 5, 30 or 150 years, the renovation of the 1, Saint-Thomas site is focused on creating a flexible environment that can adapt to educational innovations, while making the most of an exceptional heritage. It shows an architectural and environmental temperance that respects the past and looks forward to the future.

A responsible campus

With 5,500 m² of green spaces, the new complex formed by 1, Saint-Thomas and 13 rue de l’Université aims for the lightest possible environmental footprint, with the renovation of door and window frames and insulation, and the use of energy efficient equipment throughout. Priority is also given to the accessibility of spaces and facilities for all users.

A place for knowledge to flourish

The library, digital experimentation centre, incubator and cafeteria interact harmoniously with the old buildings, cloister and historic courtyards. Time for action and student initiatives intersects with long periods of thinking and research. This campus-agora will play host to debates, meetings, creative productions, stakeholders and decision-makers, engaging with the city and the world. It embodies the commitment of a university that prioritises its public interest mission.

I see our future campus as a hive of activity: industrious, vibrant and collaborative, admired for its organisation and producing more than the sum of its parts. Our ambition is for Sciences Po to become the finest, most efficient and most appealing hive of activity in Europe.

Frédéric Mion, President of Sciences Po

A wellspring of innovation

By encouraging interaction between disciplines, viewpoints, and the diverse communities we have here at Sciences Po, we intend the future site to be a hub for experimentation and innovation. The Innovation Pavilion—the campus’s only new build—will showcase this ambition. Home to the Centre for Entrepreneurship and the Incubator, it will catalyse a unique ecosystem around digital technology, whether as a research subject (Medialab), a lever for educational innovation (Centre for Digital Education), or a vector for societal innovation (Public Policy Incubator).

New spaces to be created

The development of 1, Saint-Thomas also means the creation of entirely new spaces to meet the needs of the twenty-first century educational community: high-tech equipment and services, flexible spaces to encourage innovative teaching and group work, etc. The introduction of research centres and classrooms to the premises will create a dialogue between the estate’s past and future.

This is the old cloister of the Dominican monks, adjoined to the Saint Thomas Aquinas Church. The Cour Sébastopol is revealed in all its majesty. The cloister, which remains uncovered, plays a major role. Its buildings are home to the research spaces, offering our scholars the quiet and light they need. This emblematic part of the campus highlights the estate’s exceptional heritage and grounds the institution in History. The proposed redevelopment is timeless and the landscaping understated, accentuating its abiding character. The cloister is conducive to strolling and discussion. Its walls will be used to display exhibitions, research output, student clubs’ creations and posters, artworks, etc.

The Cour Treuille de Beaulieu becomes a large garden adjoining the School of Journalism, based on the theme of innovation. Set slightly apart from the main thoroughfares, it’s a place to relax or perhaps even exercise your green fingers. Here, the growing vegetables and the colours of blossom and foliage help reconnect with the rhythms of nature. An open-air walkway connects the courtyard to the rest of the campus.

The Cour Gribeauval is the centre of the new campus and connects the communal spaces: the library, incubator and cafeteria. It’s a dynamic space that people cross a thousand times a day. It’s a meeting place and, with the Pavilion, it’s an exceptional setting for holding events. The Pavilion’s sobriety of form, purity of lines, high floors and transparency give it an innovative feel. Home to the cafeteria and the Maison de Sciences Po, it offers multiple possibilities for discussion, eating or work.

The “Learning Garden” at the foot of the Pavilion in the Cour Gribeauval features an interesting interplay of light and shadow. It’s a place to meet, debate and pass through; a coherent whole in which the boundaries between inside and outside are voluntarily blurred. Combining vegetation, outdoor furniture and gravel paths, the garden offers a multitude of routes across the open-air amphitheatre and to the library and cafeteria via two main stairways.

Funding requirement : 20 M€

The acquisition and renovation of 1, Saint-Thomas will cost nearly €200 million :

€12 million have already been raised thanks to the support of some twenty corporate and individual donors.

The loan Sciences Po has taken out for the purchase will be covered in full by savings in rent, as the university will be able to vacate 17 properties it currently leases in the 6th and 7th arrondissements.

We warmly thank the project’s main sponsors and partners:

G. Lambert Foundation, Monsieur Jérôme Seydoux and Pathé, Monsieur Nicolas Seydoux and Gaumont, Monsieur François Pinault and La Financière Pinault, Monsieur Christopher Masek, Monsieur David de Rothschild and Rothschild & Co, Monsieur Michel David-Weill, Monsieur Philippe Houzé and Le Groupe Galeries Lafayette, Monsieur et Madame Jean-François et Nathalie Ducrest, Monsieur Joseph Oughourlian, Madame Isabelle Ealet and Goldman Sachs Gives, Famille Coste, Monsieur Axel Dumas and Hermès International, Monsieur et Madame Christian Gueugnier, Monsieur Benoit d’Angelin, Monsieur David Azema, Monsieur Olivier Reza, Monsieur Samir Assaf, Madame Isabelle Schlumberger, Monsieur David Dautresme and DLJD Conseils, Monsieur Mathieu Laine and Altermind, Madame Isabelle Seillier, Monsieur Jérôme Tixier, Monsieur Jean-Bernard Wurm and an anonymous donor.



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Campus 2022

Quel sera le visage de Sciences Po en 2022 ? Celui d’un campus d’envergure internationale, au coeur de Paris et à la pointe des innovations éducatives. Baptisé Campus 2022, notre projet de futur campus parisien affirme l’ancrage historique de Sciences Po au coeur de la cité et participe à son rayonnement.

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