HEC Campus, Evolution of a Model

HEC Campus, Evolution of a Model

A landmark university campus near Paris, rebuilt and extended by David Chipperfield and Martin Duplantier



Title Information

Edited by Atmosphériques narratives (Giaime Meloni and Cyrille Weiner)

1st edition

, 2019

Text in English and French


232 pages, 77 color and 33 b/w illustrations and plans

15 x 23 cm

ISBN 978-3-03860-099-2


HEC Paris is a leading European school of advanced business studies with a global community of students from Europe, North and South America, Asia, Africa, and the Middle East. In 2012, HEC Paris’s campus near Versailles was redesigned by renowned architects Martin Duplantier and David Chipperfield to reflect the school’s global character and its focus on open communication and exchange.

This new book documents the HEC Campus’s transformation in close detail and richly illustrated, including a newly commissioned photo essay by award-winning French photographer Cyrille Weiner. It takes readers through the planning and construction of its modern buildings, designed by René Coulons, throughout the 1960s, and the careful contemporary restoration of many of these structures by Duplantier and Chipperfield. The architects also conceived an entirely new building and a surrounding park, which has become a key element of social life on campus. Through essays and an interview with Martin Duplantier, the book also explores the interplay of preservation and renovation and demonstrates how this exemplary contemporary redesign can be taken as a model for this sort of planning.

With contributions by Christian Hottin, Virginie Picon-Lefèbvre, and Francesco Zuddas, and an interview with Martin Duplantier. Preface by Peter Todd, afterword by David Chipperfiled. Photographs by Cyrille Weiner.

Authors & Editors

David Chipperfield

, born 1953, graduated in architecture from Kingston Polytechinc College and the Architectural Association in London. He worked at the practices of Douglas Stephen, Richard Rogers and Norman Foster, before establishing his own studio in London in 1984. His best known works include the River Rowing Museum in Henley-on-Thames, the Museum of Modern Literature in Marbach (Germany), and the reconstruction of the Neues Museum in Berlin.

Martin Duplantier

 is a French-Belgian architect who worked with David Chipperfield before founding his own firm with offices in Paris and Cenon near Bordeaux.

Christian Hottin

 is a paleographer archivist. He graduated at the École Pratique des Hautes Études and the Institut National du Patrimoine and was head of the ethnological heritage mission. He is the director of studies at the Institut National du Patrimoine since 2016.

Virginie Picon-Lefebvre

 is an architect and urban planner, a doctor of art history and a pro­fessor at the École d’Architecture de Paris-Belleville. She conducts researchs on architecture and contemporary urban planning from the 1920s to the 1970s.

Peter Todd

 is a Professor at HEC Paris and currently serves as Managing Director of the School. He is an expert in the organization, management and use of information technology to deliver business value.

Cyrille Weiner

, born 1976, is a French photographer and artist. His images are published in international newspapers and magazines, such as Le Monde, Foam, British Journal of Photography, and Art Press. In 2012 he was awarded the Prix Lucien Hervé et Rudolf Hervé.

Francesco Zuddas

 is senior lecturer in architecture at Anglia Ruskin University. He studied and taught at the University of Cagliari and the Architectural Association School of Archi­tecture, and was visiting research scholar at GSAPP, Columbia University.