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Projects / Education

School of Pharmacy

Paris VIe

Refurbishment and renovation
of teaching spaces and cafeteria areas

Université Paris Cité
Delegated project owner
EPAURIF – Ile de France Public Corporation for the Development of Universities
Atelier Cambium + Deshoulières Jeanneau
Design team
SLH, BETEM (structural engineering, MEP, HVAC, QS), BTP Consultants (technical inspection services), Créacept (kitchens), Coseba (fire safety), GRSP (asbestos removal)
Image credits
Hélène Peter
Paris (75), France
Phase 1 of the restructuring of the School of Pharmacy: creation of a student social and eating area (refurbishment of Wing 600), creation of a continuing education centre (complete restructuring of Wing 900), and creation of an IT network centre.
Surface area
Construction costs
4,2 M€ pre-tax
2016 – 2019
High Environmental Quality
City of Paris Climate Plan

Located in the very heart of the city, the School of Pharmacy testifies to Paris’ urban development over the centuries. The thirteenth-century Charterhouse of Vauvert was demolished during the French Revolution, its land assigned to the nursery of the Luxembourg Gardens. When the Avenue de l’Observatoire was drawn out in 1866, certain parcels were reserved for public facilities, including the School of Pharmacy. Composed of large buildings constructed around a botanical garden, the school was renovated on several occasions during the twentieth century to host an increasing number of students. 

The three-fold purpose of this project initiated by EPAURIF is to create a university cafeteria on the ground floor of the Sirvin Wing (1962), to set up a continuing education centre within the botany pavilion (1885 / 1905), and lastly, to renovate the core of the IT network. Our approach respects and highlights the site’s historic layout, which, despite its considerable densification over time, preserves a considerable sense of its original structure. The works were carried out while the site was fully occupied and operational.

Centenaire de l’Ecole supérieure de Pharmacie de l’Université de Paris, Paris, A. Joanin et Cie, 1803-1903, planche X.


The gardeners’ pavilion (1882) and the botany laboratory (1888) were both built in a picturesque style, in evocation of the pavilions to be found in Parisian gardens of the Second Empire.


Our intervention completely rearranged one floor of the Sirvin Wing (1962) to create a large social area with spaces to buy food, eat, relax, and study.

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