The concept for Le Campus marked a unique collaboration between Hyatt Regency Charles de Gaulle and Virserius Studio. The Hyatt owners and operators wanted something truly different for the hotel with the idea of going back to school, and approached V/S about designing a unique yet flexible space that could be used for work or social functions.
“Le Campus was always supposed to be a very different working experience, something that will pleasantly surprise those with more traditional notions of a work space,” founder/principal Therese Virserius says, “but would also fit right into more modern ways of meeting and learning with the new generation.” The strength of Virserius Studio is creating diverse experiences, pulling elements together in a holistic way so that guests and visitors alike would have an experience that will energize in a new and fresh way. To achieve that, they were able to push the design envelope while paying close attention to the Hyatt’s needs. The challenge was to create an optimal environment to boost cohesion, collaboration, and enable idea-sharing and solutions. With inspiration from the American college campus, V/S created an experience that is interactive, cool, and playful. When you walk through, you have multiple opportunities to plop down to email, read, eat, play at your leisure.
Deliberate choices were made with the space planning. The open spaces of Le Campus comprise its core, the social hub and library where people can mingle, brainstorm and otherwise be together. The satellite offices and meeting spaces form the perimeter, but allow easy access back to the core where you are more social. Artist Le Monstre was brought in to give the space an added edge. For some, Le Campus may evoke the university days of yesteryear when one gathered with friends while studying for exams. For others, the bold colors and textures will offer a welcome change from the more conventional office and meeting spaces.
Meetings, events, and seminars are held in the ‘LABOs’; (meeting rooms), la ‘Pic-Nic’; (shared multi-functional space), and the social center. Le Campus is truly a space that encourages and supports that highly creative and participatory experience enjoyed by the busy, on-the- move professionals who work, meet, and socialize during their time at the Hyatt Regency.
Design: Virserius Studio
Photography: Eric Laignel