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Rethinking the Campus: Balancing Tradition and Innovation

At its core, the campus embodies an enduring quest for an ideal. Its form is fraught with tensions inherited from a long history that remain relevant even as it adapts to contemporary challenges. Driven by a race to maximize their appeal, campuses are transforming into architectural showcases, competing with corporate headquarters in embodying new values and attracting top talent. Their structures and functions are evolving to meet the shifting needs of education and society. By embracing the archetypes of the agora and the garden—the original dichotomy of campuses—these bastions of knowledge are forming the contours of a new era in higher education.

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From lectures to learner-centered experiences, the metamorphosis of educational facilities

Driven by a race for attractiveness, campuses are becoming architectural showcases, competing with corporate headquarters to embody new values and attract curious minds. The form and function of campuses are evolving to meet the changing needs of education, where tradition meets innovation in a drive for excellence and inclusivity. We are entering a new era of higher education!

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  • Paris — La Défense
  • 2025
  • Work in progress
  • Paris — La Défense
  • 2025
  • Work in progress
The Link

PCA-STREAM was tasked by Groupama to design an innovative tower that will renew the image of La Défense. Revisiting the model of the traditional tower, The Link is emblematic of the transformation of working practices and a new relation to the city. Its morphology in two wings connected to one another with platforms called “links” allows the tower to provide spaces that foster interactions and collective intelligence, and gives an unprecedented place to nature in a high-rise building.

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  • Paris
  • 2023
  • Delivered
  • Paris
  • 2023
  • Delivered
Stream Building

Covivio, Hines France, and PCA-STREAM have come together to create the Stream Building, a manifesto building located at the heart of the new Clichy-Batignolles district that integrates almost fifteen years of research by Stream Lab into innovations addressing the key challenges facing the cities of tomorrow. Circular by design, the Stream Building is a relational and productive hub that will energize this new urban center within the Greater Paris area by concentrating all the activities associated with a vibrant urban life.

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  • Paris
  • 2020
  • Delivered
  • Paris
  • 2020
  • Delivered
175 Haussmann

The restructuring of 175 Boulevard Haussmann is an opportunity to become involved in making Paris a resilient and innovative city, one that is capable of renewing and reinventing itself. PCA-STREAM brings together two separate buildings to create a coherent office complex geared toward the well-being of its users and collaborative work. An emblematic contemporary rooftop addition, characterized by its glass scales, acts as a practical and symbolical connector between the various buildings and architectural periods involved.

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  • Paris
  • 2020
  • Delivered
  • Paris
  • 2020
  • Delivered
175 Haussmann — Lazard

At 175 Haussmann, PCA-STREAM brought together two buildings to create a new cutting-edge office complex, completed by an emblematic contemporary extension, to house the headquarters of the Lazard bank. The interior design team created the public and reception areas, using hospitality codes and a combination of openness and confidentiality.

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  • Paris
  • 2018
  • Delivered
  • Paris
  • 2018
  • Delivered
8 Laborde — Gide Loyrette Nouel

PCA-STREAM has restructured the Pépinière military barracks to create the new Gide-Loyrette-Nouel law firm headquarters. Designed as a sign of the firm's renewed way of working, it emphasizes teamwork and exchange, with a focus on horizontality, transparency and hospitality.

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  • Paris
  • 2023
  • Delivered
  • Paris
  • 2023
  • Delivered
Stream Café

At the heart of the Stream Building, PCA-STREAM's flagship project, the agency's interior architecture department has created the Stream Café, a reception area with hybrid uses that symbolizes the involvement of the Stream research program in the design of this unique complex, winner of the first Réinventer Paris call for innovative urban projects.

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  • Lille
  • 2024
  • Work in progress
  • Lille
  • 2024
  • Work in progress
ShAKe

ShAKe offers the Euralille district an atypical and convivial silhouette, with a spiraling planted promenade topped by a belvedere. PCA-STREAM is rethinking the office building, opening it up to the city and its residents, to adapt to the changing face of an increasingly open-plan working world. The form of the building-promenade is an invitation to live and share.

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  • Paris
  • 2026
  • Work in progress
  • Paris
  • 2026
  • Work in progress
Bonne Nouvelle

At the heart of the Silicon Sentier, in the 10th arrondissement of Paris, PCA-STREAM is restructuring an imposing postal building from the 1950s following an ambitious approach both in terms of heritage and the environment. Adaptive reuse has enabled the building to now offer flexible, comfortable, and innovative spaces, complemented by high-end services, as well as exceptional outdoor spaces.

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  • Paris
  • 2020
  • Delivered
  • Paris
  • 2020
  • Delivered
15-25 Amiral Bruix

In the heart of the revitalized Porte Maillot district, PCA-STREAM revisits the Parisian modernist heritage and extends the city-nature dialogue. The agency’s intervention respects and enhances the architectural qualities of the original structure. On the north side, the façade grid is reinterpreted in a contemporary style inspired by its original rigorous layout. Designed as a balcony overlooking the Bois de Boulogne, it highlights the exceptional linear nature of the building with unobstructed views of the greater Parisian panorama.The new headquarters of Murex, the world leader in software for the financial markets, was designed above all to maximize interaction and collective intelligence, an essential function of a head office that has been reinforced by the health crisis. Spaces are streamlined and legible, and fluid circulation is ensured by a core of elevators and Chambord staircases on the first day. Employees meet and exchange ideas in a place conducive to informal dialogue.

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  • Paris
  • 2015
  • Delivered
  • Paris
  • 2015
  • Delivered
#cloud.paris

#cloud.paris stems from PCA-STREAM’s research and Société Foncière Lyonnaise’s ambitions. In the time and age of the intangible economy, its inner city location and its versatility coincides with the aspirations of the creative classes and the employees of high value-added industries, which are turning away from the single-use business centers of the periphery. Following heavy restructuring, this urban campus was designed as a relational ecosystem where the collective experience stimulates innovation and productivity.

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  • Pré-Saint-Gervais
  • 2018
  • Delivered
  • Pré-Saint-Gervais
  • 2018
  • Delivered
Canopy

The Canopy project in Pré-Saint-Gervais is a rehabilitation of a brownfield site in the inner suburbs of Paris that offers next-generation work spaces. This project was first conceived by PCA-STREAM in 2005 but took more than ten years to come into being. The original proposal, which was to transform a former industrial hall in a open plan of atypical and innovative offices for creative businesses, has weathered the subprime mortgage crisis is finally materializing now that a new vision of the workspace has gained in acceptance.

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  • Paris
  • 2024
  • Work in progress
  • Paris
  • 2024
  • Work in progress
32-34 Marbeuf — Interiors

PCA-STREAM reinterprets Marbeuf, an emblematic Citroën garage from the 1930s, disfigured by successive transformations. The aim is to give it a new image and new uses by reinterpreting its original style, from its structure to the details of its fittings, translated by its interior design team.

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  • Paris
  • 2022
  • Delivered
  • Paris
  • 2022
  • Delivered
Paris Centre police headquarters

The merger of the four central arrondissements of the French capital, the beating heart of Parisian culture, is embodied in the new administrative hub set up around Square du Temple, with the Paris Centre Town Hall and Police Precinct. PCA-STREAM is adapting, restoring, and revitalizing the Hôtel de la Garantie, a heritage complex from the 1920s, in order to accommodate almost 600 police officers under new, enhanced working conditions.

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  • Paris
  • 2009
  • Delivered
  • Paris
  • 2009
  • Delivered
103 Grenelle

The former headquarters of the Telegraph, in the 7th arrondissement of Paris, offered an exceptional building whose image had been gradually degraded by its successive occupants. PCA-STREAM revamped the site and reinvigorated this heritage property through the installation of new workspaces. An in situ artistic creation also reactivates its intimate links with the history of French telecommunications.

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  • Issy-les-Moulineaux
  • 2018
  • Delivered
  • Issy-les-Moulineaux
  • 2018
  • Delivered
Be Issy

PCA-STREAM has designed an energy-positive office building in Issy-les-Moulineaux, a service sector cluster that is undergoing major transformation. We were driven to revisit the form of a tripod by the specific nature of the plot and our ambition for environmental excellence. This bold morphology opens the building on the city by freeing up green areas, and it optimizes the energy footprint whilst providing a functional work environment that is focused on improving the well-being of its users.

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  • Paris
  • 2014
  • Delivered
  • Paris
  • 2014
  • Delivered
PCA-STREAM Office

PCA-STREAM takes its inspiration from its research on new workspaces, which are gathered in the second issue of the Stream book-magazine, “After Office,” in order to design its premises in the Marais, on the site of a former printing house. Designed as an ecosystem that brings together a variety of spaces for the use of a large multidisciplinary team, this place is the spatial embodiment of PCA-STREAM as well as a manifesto of its innovative vision of the work space.

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  • Paris
  • 2019
  • Delivered
  • Paris
  • 2019
  • Delivered
8 Penthièvre

PCA-STREAM is conducting the heavy restructuring of a real estate complex designed in the 1960s, tackling the obsolescence of an architecture that offers low-quality spaces in light of the new expectations of businesses. The façade is modernized and realigned on Rue de Penthièvre, and a new wing is formed at the end of the parcel, opening on a vast garden at the heart of the block. The intervention combines densification and the upgrading of workspaces, which are equipped with sunny, green terraces.

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  • Paris
  • 2019
  • Delivered
  • Paris
  • 2019
  • Delivered
8 Penthièvre — Interiors

PCA-STREAM's interior design department completed the architectural restructuring of a 1960s-era office complex with a tailor-made layout of offices and common areas for the lessee, a major luxury brand. Comfortable and functional, the project develops a high-end image through the quality of the materials, which are handcrafted.

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  • Chessy
  • 2020
  • Delivered
  • Chessy
  • 2020
  • Delivered
Crédit Agricole Brie Picardie

As part of the Eurodisney development zone, PCA-STREAM is designing a mixed-use, open-plan tertiary campus, co-designed with its user, Crédit Agricole Brie-Picardie. It embodies the traditional values of this bank, its environmental, social and cultural commitments, but also its commitment to the uses of tomorrow.

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  • Paris
  • 2013
  • Delivered
  • Paris
  • 2013
  • Delivered
Caisse des Dépôts et Consignations

PCA-STREAM was the winner of the public competition run by the Caisse des Dépôts et Consignations for the transformation of the reception areas of its historical headquarters on Rue de Lille, with the aim of streamlining its operations and modernizing its image. This revamping has given PCA-STREAM the opportunity to experiment the full transformational potential of a historic building located right in the heart of Paris, combining concern for the heritage building and contemporary intervention.

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The University of Innovation

The urban challenges of the Urbanocene have brought back into the spotlight the complexity of cities as a milieu and the lack of relevance of siloed knowledge and protagonists within modern urbanism. We must develop new approaches and foster urban innovation—but how can the protagonists making of the city of the future be trained to address this challenge? Aalto University, and, in particular, the Design Factory, headed by Kalevi Ekman, point towards a new approach. Born from the merger of three universities in Helsinki—in Technology, Art and Design, and Business—, it encourages cross-disciplinary tracks, entrepreneurial mindset, and prototype-based learning.

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stream voices

Eager to share more generously the results of its collaborations and research, PCA-STREAM publishes STREAM VOICES, its online magazine!

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