” The university restaurant was getting old. It was built in the 1970’s , was dark and poorly heat-insulated and very noisy. The work included the removal of Asbestos and therefore major demolition that allowed us to completely rethink the interior, starting from an empty shell.
The university restaurant was really very busy from 11:00 am to 2:30 pm, with around 2000 meals being served. Around the new kitchens we created two separate restaurants for meals, one for students and the other for teachers and office staff.
In order to optimise the use of this space in the daytime, we have developed an innovative concept with the creation of a cafeteria, a take-away area and, last but not least a café area open all day. In order to invite students to work there and then to stay in their free time, we designed this place with wifi access, modern and friendly furniture.
From the beginning acoustic treatment was an important part of the renovation, since it concerned the whole building, including stairwells. Acoustics was therefore key since good acoustic comfort makes a place more pleasant to use, it makes you want to organise events and meetings.
The acoustics were the responsibility of the architect who was entrusted with the project management. Yann BRUNEL suggested using TEMPO panels in several different colours, which is very pleasant to the eye and also defines even more the different areas as they all have their proper colour code. He also had the idea to put the panels at different heights to bring dynamism.
The acoustic effect is really good. The university restaurant is now a nice place to spend time in, no more station hall type acoustics. As soon as it opened in January, we noticed that a new dynamic was taking shape and we hope to witness it again when it reopens after the lockdown.”
Manager of built heritage 94
Crous – Univertsity of Créteil