Studious Colors in Paris
If you love interesting architecture and bright colors: this is one building to visit when you're in Paris: the Atrium of the Pierre & Marie Curie University in the 5th arrondissement (Jussieu). Designed by architects agency Périphériques and open since 2006, it is a color lovers dream. When visiting I noticed it is a bit "dated", not very fresh, but I loved it nevertheless. The vibrant colors on the walls, floors and ceilings are something I want for our future home too: it's bold but when the color is just right, it feels amazing! The cutout pattern in the concrete walls makes it a very playful building and you quickly remember in which area you need to be: every Science division has a different color and by taking one of the criss cross elevators you enter a new "world".
If you are discreet you can walk around the University's Atrium to admire the views while others are working hard to be(come) scientists. The custom metal study desks were almost all occupied, and behind the colorful doors were people researching in laboratories, working in offices and studying in classrooms, it was buzzing in near-silence. Studious vibes all over! What I found rather remarkable is that most people that worked or studied here in the past (and wrote about the place on blogs & social media) didn't appreciate the bright colors as much as I did. As someone stated: "this overdose of brightness before coffee on a 8:30am exam was a bit too much to handle". :)
Have a look for yourself:
Atrium of University of Paris Sorbonne Pierre & Marie Curie /// Place Jussieu /// 75005 Paris
Luggage check at entrance and it is appreciated when you are discreet as this is a place to work and study.