Hôtel Pasteur / Edulab Pasteur
A unique place in Rennes, the Hôtel Pasteur is a piece of heritage, anchored in the city centre, a place where knowledge has been passed on for over 120 years. The building is now being given a new lease of life after years of being used by students. The project began in 2012, when the students from the dental college, the last occupants of the palace, had already moved to the Beaulieu campus a long time ago. The question then arose of giving new life to a place of university and hospital heritage. The city and the university decided to transform it into a place of experimentation. But not just any experiment. It was the users, citizens and local residents who decided on the next stage of the project with the architects (the Rennes-based agency Nicolas Chambon Architecte and the Parisian agency Encore Heureux).
During the works, the Hôtel Pasteur will remain open, hosting multidisciplinary projects that will find a free headquarters provided they respect the premises and participate in its operation.
The Edulab is a space for the general public to experiment and meet around digital technology. You can co-construct collective projects, come for individual training, meet in groups or work on common projects. Workshops are offered to give residents the opportunity to discover these digital creation practices.
The emphasis is on educational digital technology. This allows us to take a step back from the use of digital technology in schools and to support families who often have many questions. The Edulab will be the driving force behind the local digital education plan. The Edulab is intended to go beyond the walls of Pasteur to reach out to the inhabitants, in the neighbourhoods, leisure centres, etc. Some forty associations, including FabLabs, are taking over this popular place, which is open to the city.