Located west of the center of Reims, the site chosen for the new NEOMA school is part of a neighborhood in transfer: Port Colbert. This is a former industrial site today partially abandoned to which the city of Reims wants to give a second wind. In the past, the Port Colbert district was full of all the city industries: Reims breweries and cast-iron workshops aluminum among other things. The objective of the city of Reims and of our project is to convert this sector, while preserving and enhancing what makes the identity of this place: its history and its industrial heritage.
As is often the case in centrally located former industrial areas budding small businesses and local “pop up” events that have populated the area of the site in recent years. The new NEOMA campus is inspired by this entrepreneurial atmosphere that has changed the area from a geographical location to a place in people's minds.
The design aim to keep this impression of “anything can happen” and create an open invitation to shape and to take ownership of its environment and its future.
The new campus, which opens towards the canal and parks that surround it, the offers views of bustling student life and the central structure in wood attracts the attention of passers-by with its stepped green landscape. The school holds 85 classrooms, three amphitheatres and event space with a 750-seat auditorium accessible from outside.
In line with the school’s strong commitments in terms of sustainable development, the future Reims site aims to be an environmental benchmark, with internationally recognised certifications such as LEED, WELL and E+C. The project also places the health and well-being of students and staff at the centre of its design.