The Water Tower
Mixed program merging a Water Tower with student accommodations (Paris).
Year : 2011
Function: Mixed program
Site location: Paris, XIIIth district.
Nationality: Canarian, Canadian and Turkish.
University / Institution : ENSA Paris-Malaquais (Paris, France).
Tutors: Gilles Delalex
What if sustainability and ecology could form a coherent whole? The following project is a relevant example about how a building can challenge some of the important issues of our times in terms of architectural signature for infrastructures, density and ecological concerns. The Water Tower has been designed by three students that worked together for a semester at the ENSA Paris-Malaquais. The topic of their project seminar was related to the management of urban flows through an architectural gesture and takes place in the XIIIth district of Paris, well-known as the “parisian Chinatown”.
Live the Water Tower.
Yusti, Mikael and Nilden’s project consists in a mixed program, merging a water tower with 100 student accommodations. To this backbone are added various additional facilities such as a space devoted to the professional integration of young workers and others equipments, both destined to students and inhabitants. Challenged by the linearity of the site, the designers propose a system of programmatic nodes, ensuring the energetic and functional interaction of the different parts of the program. A “floating garden” separates and connects in the same time the private and public parts of the building.
Hardware / Software.
Furthermore, this “floating landscape” offers a brand new experience of the surrounding urban area
by generating a promenade through the skyline drawn by the numerous towers of the famous chinese district. According to Yusti, the presence of the garden between the upper and the lower parts of the building generates the effect of “a constellation of programmatic fragments that seem to float in a mass of recycled concrete while providing isolation and structural durability in accordance with a hydraulic infrastructure.”
Regarding the facade, the established device consists of a serie of moving blades made of aluminum that controls the acoustic and caloric intake of the Water Tower. Thereby, this programmatic diversity is particularly interesting as it remains invisible from the outside of the building.
Author: Yusti Gómez Herrera, Mikael Sydor and Nilden Basarslan