INSA Laboratory, Lyon

The construction of the Sophie Germain Laboratory  was an opportunity for INSA, the Institute of Applied Sciences, to make its premises, which feature a range of architectural styles from different periods, more cohesive and clear. Taking inspiration from the La Doua campus, its design, based on the rhythmic repetition of a basic unit—the transom—forms a cohesive whole that erases the functional specificities of the different laboratories and offices inside and offers a striking overall image of great clarity. The material used, stone-effect concrete, reinforces the expressive strength of the design and elegantly highlights INSA’s noble status on the La Doua campus.



Denis Bouvier

Project leader

Jean Cataix


Vivien Pillot

Quantity surveying

Didier Deschamps