Personal Info

Name: Anabelle TOUGAS, Thibault NGUYEN, Philippe CHAMPAGNE, Adrien LAROCHELLE

Nationality: Canada

Institution / Company: Ato.Pro Collectif d’architecture

Instagram: @atelier.ouvert.pro


-HONOURABLE MENTION of Non Architecture Award 2022 Competition | Category: Architecture & Interiors


L’abreuvoir, or the water trough.

[ A place, a device, allowing plants and animals to satisfy their water needs. ]

Rainy day. The water trough, silent, well anchored, concentrates on its mission. Looking up to the sky, it directs the precious liquid within its confines.

Dryness, the vegetal is thirsty. Equipped with a seal, dive and collect this blue gold.

In its rarity or its abundance, water is carefully managed with the objective of conservation and distribution. The installation deploys itself as a rainwater harvesting system in resilience with nature. Under the force of gravity, the tectonic work implements a sequenced water flow over three stages of routing. A majestic metallic cone, delicately placed on a wooden structure, ensures the capture of water. A fine gutter composed of a delicate metal plate takes place as a distribution device. The water concludes its course by pouring into a large retention basin, from which young and old alike can draw water to treat a nearby plant cover.

The enigmatic water trough attracts everyone to come and discover a moment of reflection on this precious resource. 


Project Type:

An ephemeral structure.


Jury Comments

– noa*

A simple, ancient object that becomes almost a statue, a monument, a place of contemplation. A project that demonstrates great finesse, converging natural and architectural elements in perfect harmony. It makes you want to visit it.


– Samuel Gonçalves

When beauty meets engineering. A truly well-design device to allow plants and animals to satisfy their most basic need: water.

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