Saint-Martin-d'Hères Travel Guide

  • the Sciences library
    the Sciences library
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Saint-Martin-d'Hères Things to Do

  • La Cornue

    La Cornue (the retort) is another stabile made in 1975 by Calder (visit my Grenoble page) shortly before his death in 1976. It is made of painted steel sheets. It is standing on the ground on 5 thin legs which makes it look aerial though it is 7m x 8m and weights several tons. It is nicknamed "the cat". It used to stand between University Stendhal...

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  • Broken safe

    What a 3 meters high broken safe, split into two parts and with a huge hole at its bottom might mean in a campus is a mystery and I have not found any clue about it. Earthquake ? Grenoble is built on several hundreds of meters of deposits and in case of an earthquake, it amplifies the movement, just as jelly in a bowl. However, I doubt this is the...

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  • Buried sphere

    This bars stand in front of the south side of University Stendhal. It was built in 1975 by François Morellet (born in 1926). It is a structure made of stainless steel tubing on a square serial frame. It belongs to the series spheres and frames. And is 6.20m x 16.30m

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  • The bird

    This stainless structure stands in the middle of the main interchange that leads to the campus. It is shining under the sun light both in the morning and in late afternoon. I have not yet found who was the author of this sculpture.

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  • Last bus stop

    This one is also easy to read. What students do most of the time when they are not working ? They are standing in line ! Standing in line for registration. Standing in line for the restaurant. This is what is represented here.

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  • Another bus stop

    This is another bus stop. This one is easier to read, showing a face with two eyes and a nose peeping behind the bus stop. These bus stops were built when the campus was not yet completely working. The actual bustops are not were they were built and thus they are not used at all except for sticking posters !

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  • Bus stop

    Several of these landmarks were designed as bus stops. This one is along one of the main avenues of the campus but I had never noticed it (and I guess most campus users have not either) until I began to take photos for this page ! I will not try to wander what it is supposed to represent. I let your imagination work ! In the background, the Saint...

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  • The tea-pot

    This set of stainless devices have remained clearly visible but are now part of the landscape. They are colloquially called "la cafetière" that I dare to translate as "the tea pot" though I know that coffee and tea are different !

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  • Mountain in the plain

    During the period the campus was built, art works were scattered in the campus. Some have so well melted into the landscape that they are completely forgotten. This one was designed to reminds of the surrounding mountains. It was made of metal walls holding earth; Nature has so well taken over that it now looks almost natural and that its metal...

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  • Amphi Louis Weill

    Louis Weill was the Dean of the University that worked hard to build the campus (which is larger than the city of Grenoble). A prestige amphitheater, used only for international meetings, for major conferences has been built and bears its name. It is a parallepiped of reinforced concrete that stands on one of its angles. I have not yet found the...

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  • The Sciences library

    The structure of the library is very special and uses both reinforced concrete and wood that reminds of the "Chalets" of the Alps. Nothing is strait but there are only angles and not a single curved line. On the whole, it fits perfectly into the mountain landscape. Unfortunately, since it was built, trees have grown and it is now almost impossible...

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  • The Sciences library

    The Science library is the architectural masterpiece of the campus. It was built in 1962. The architect is Clément-David Cacoud with G. Bovet (urbanist) and E. Pillet (plastician). It has been recently recognized as "Patrimoine du XXème siècle" (Patrimony of the XXth century).

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Saint-Martin-d'Hères Hotels

  • Campanile Grenoble St-Martin-d'Heres

    Zac du Centre Ville, Avenue Zella Melhis, Saint-Martin-d'Heres, 38400, France

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Families

    Hotel Class 2 out of 5 stars

Saint-Martin-d'Hères Off The Beaten Path

  • The "Sentier planétaire", Saturne

    Each meter on the path corresponds to 10 millions of kilometers in the actual solar system, which means that when you walk quietly the "Sentier planétaire", you are supposed to speed faster than light !Here, the rings of Saturne are aging fast as in order to be at the right scale, they had to be thin !Nemorino has an excellent page on a ten times...

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  • The "Sentier planétaire", Mars

    Three projects were presented. Cherif Kebbal's project, architect and teaching in the École d'Architecture de Grenoble won as it fulfilled all expectations and included students in its achievement, as part of their end of studies project.Here, Mars, the red planet is in the foreground.

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  • The "Sentier planétaire", the Earth

    The project was aimed to build at actual scale our solar system. All distances had to be exact, all sizes to fit to reality and when possible, the surface of each planet had to be represented as we know it now. However there is a 1/90 ratio between distances and sizes of the planets.This photo shows this earth in the foreground with Venus, Mercure...

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Saint-Martin-d'Hères Favorites

  • STMicroelectronics

    STMicroelectronics is a global independent semiconductor company and is a leader in developing and delivering semiconductor solutions across the spectrum of microelectronics applications. An unrivaled combination of silicon and system expertise, manufacturing strength, Intellectual Property (IP) portfolio and strategic partners positions the...

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  • Minatec

    Minatec came into existence at the instigation of CEA-Leti Grenoble and INP Grenoble. Its ambition is to be Europe's top centre for innovation and expertise in micro and nanotechnology. Minatec is located in Crolles, 20 km north to Grenoble.The following has been borough to the Minatec web siteSeveral initiatives are taking shape in various parts...

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  • CEA Grenoble

    CEA GrenobleThe CEA is a public research center and a major player in research, development and innovation, the CEA intervenes in three main fields: energy, information and health technologies and Defense. The CEA Grenoble, formerly called CENG (Centre d'Études Nucléaires de Grenoble) is one of the half a dozen research center it has throughout...

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