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Digiteo’s buildings

The project to build three Digiteo buildings was launched in 2006, to allow the grouping and growth of the laboratories on the Saclay plateau. These facilities, with a surface area of nearly 22,000m² for a total cost of 64 million euros, will accommodate up to 1000 people spread over three sites: Moulon, Palaiseau and Saclay. The construction work began in 2009 and came to an end in the course of 2012.

The project management group, made up of BRS Architectes, BEHNISCH and IOSIS, were awarded the project management tender launched in 2006. The buildings will be built around a large atrium enclosed with a glass roof and using bioclimatic temperature control. Horizontal, pivoting louvres covering the façade will be controlled by temperature sensors. This equipment will help avoid the use of air conditioning and save as much energy as possible. The atrium and the glass roof will also provide indirect lighting for the rooms and offices located opposite and will allow greater ventilation.

*The aim of the Pôle Commun de Recherche en Informatique (PCRI), the Joint centre for research in computer science, is to pool the strengths of three laboratories (LRI, LIX and Inria Futurs) in their areas of excellence and harness synergies offered by the exceptional scientific environment of the Saclay plateau. It is the first ever project to bring together, in one place, the research teams from the different institutes on the Saclay plateau. The institutes involved in the project wanted to create new buildings in locations with student populations, in other words, Moulon and Palaiseau. The research teams moved into the PCRI at the beginning of the summer of 2011. The building houses the interactive display wall, Wild


The building, located on the Ecole Polytechnique site and offering 6,500 m² of space, is for the teams from Inria-Saclay–Île-de-France (particularly those formerly located at Parc Club Orsay), the LIX and CEA-LIST. The Inria teams moved into the building in June 2012. The other teams will follow in the coming weeks.

The areas of research dealt with by the teams that occupy this site include bio-informatics, optimisation and cryptology.


The Moulon building, with 8,200 m² of space, will be linked to the PCRI building by a walkway. It will accommodate the research groups from the LRI, IEF, Inria and CEA.
The building will have several two-story rooms for virtual reality and robotics projects, and also the LRI’s interactive wall: Wild (wall-size display).


This building, offering 9,300 m² of space, will be located in the CEA’s all-access area (head office). It will accommodate the teams from the CEA LIST and Inria Saclay–Île-de-France
Some of the themes dealt with in this building include on-board systems, detection systems, robotics and virtual reality.

Key figures

  • "Digiteo phase 1" - 64 millions euros
  • Two-thirds from regional authorities (39 million euros) o Région Île-de-France : 24.5 millions euros o Conseil Général de l’Essonne: 13.5 millions euros o Communauté d’Agglomération du Plateau de Saclay : 1 million euros
  • One third from the founder establishments (25 millions euros)