The chemistry building at my college never looked this good. Did yours? Actually “The House of Chemistry,” even though it’s near the Rue de l’Université, isn’t a college building at all. It’s an international conference center managed by an agency whose aim is to aid chemical engineers and scientists by organizing colloquia, conferences, stuff like that. Doesn’t sound all that interesting to me. And I guess others agree because some 80% of the activity here is conducted by those who have nothing to do with chemistry but who simply rent space within this beautiful building for meetings.