The Escòla Surbanenca is an independent laboratory and residency center for researchers, hosting the physical campus of the INTP. It is both a workplace and a living space for a few permanent residents and a rotating cast of visitors. The Escòla is located in Surba, Ariège, in the French Pyrenees and close to the Spanish border (see directions).


The center is a large private house and annexes, organized into three main spaces:

  • The Workshop: the central meeting and working space (5 rooms that can serve as offices or visitor bedrooms during larger events)
  • The Base camp: a communal living space (4 bedrooms)
  • The Cottage: a small independent house for groups of up to 4 guests (1 bedroom + 1 sofa bed, kitchen & bathroom)

In total, ten rooms can be used for accommodation of permanent and temporary residents. Other perks include a large garden with vegetables & fruit trees, sloping down to the nearby river.

More pictures of our facilities and events on Instagram.


Permanent residents staying or working on campus currently include: Jean-François Arnoldi, Matthieu Barbier, Azenor Bideault, Benjamin Girardot, Madoka Krick and Olivier Martin.