The residence

THE FIRST BUILDING WAS OPENED IN 1950…

Premier batiment résidence maison des arts et métiers

The Maison des Elèves Ingénieurs Arts et Métiers, the Residence Hall for Arts et Métiers Engineering Students at the Paris Cité Internationale University, was built to accommodate final-year students at the Ecole Nationale Supérieure d'Arts et Métiers (ENSAM), the National Higher School for Applied Technology. 
The decision made by a prestigious Higher Education institute to open a Residence within the Cité Internationale reinforced the prestige of the site.

Initially, the Residence comprised a lodge residence whose design was inspired by classical architecture.  It had 335 rooms and was financed half by the State, the other half by a gift from former ENSAM students.  The building was designed by the architects Urbain Cassan, Max Bourgoin and Georges PAUL, and was inaugurated in 1950 by the President of the Republic.  It was known as l’Ancienne Maison, the Old House.

Ancienne maison des arts et métiers
ANCIENNE MAISON (THE OLD HOUSE)

GOOD TO KNOW
One of the architects of the Maison des Elèves Ingénieurs Arts et Métiers, Urbain CASSAN, distinguished himself as an architect of railway stations and was involved in several major projects in Paris including the Jussieu campus and the Montparnasse tower.

…AND A SECOND ONE WAS BUILT IN 1961.

The class numbers at ENSAM doubled, so a second residence lodge was built in 1961 to accommodate the additional students.  This second building was modelled on the first one, and found itself separated from the first by the city ring-road.  A pedestrian bridge was built across the ring-road to link the two buildings.  There were 710 beds altogether in the residency, plus a sports hall that was built in the 2nd building.  This was managed by the City University of Paris the CIUP, making it the largest Residence of the Cité Internationale.  The parkside lodge was called the Nouvelle Maison - the New Residence.

Nouvelle maison des arts et métiers
NOUVELLE MAISON  (THE NEW HOUSE)

GOOD TO KNOW
Renovation works were undertaken from 1998 to 2003 on the two pavilions, improving the comfort levels of the residents of the Maison des Elèves Ingénieurs Arts et Métiers (the Residence Hall for Arts et Métiers Engineering and Research Students).  There is a significant renovation project planned for 2017, and the residence will be closed during this time.  On 23rd December 2010, the foundation that manages this residence was recognised by the government as a public interest foundation.

HOW TO GET THERE

1, avenue Pierre MASSE - 75014 Paris
Outside the city ring-road

BY PUBLIC TRANSPORT

  • RER line B stop "Cité Universitaire"
  • Metro line 4 stop "Porte d'Orléans"
  • Bus line 21, 67 stop "Stade Charléty ­ Porte de Gentilly"
  • Tramway line T3 stop "Cité Universitaire"
  • Night bus lines N14, N21, N122 stop "Porte d'Orléans"

BY CAR

On the city ring-road, coming from the A6a, take the Porte d'Orléans exit