TEAM: Tania Paula Garza Rico, Guillaume Fournier, Guillaume Larouche, Mexico & Canada, Laval University School of Architecture

The Elusive Entertainment

A forgotten infrastructure inhabits the roofs of the contemporary metropolis. Nestled in the sky, away from prying eyes, this omnipresent technical object possesses unsuspected qualities. The water tanks represent a fertile urban laboratory and an alternative universe for the entertainment world.

Reservoir-ing proposes the wild reappropriation of this marginal infrastructure. Responding to the inherent need of human ‘getting-away’, a disparate morphology takes over the tanks as an invasive plague. The nightclub takes the form of a clandestine network, a counter-culture disseminated over the metropolitan city.

Here, the club is perceived as a ritual of distance from the mainstream urban agglomeration: it’s a musical procession layered on the urban landscape. It represents a voyeur community where the nightlifer observes from up above and is observed from the darkening streets. Inside, a vigorous elastic membrane delimits the dancing space from the contemplating ones. The bright translucent pellicle is like as a new skin in a molting process. It softly enlightens the city at night and creates a distinctive network: a code for the distant walker.

From now on, Reservoir-ing becomes the new act of wandering through the hidden city in search of an emerging collective delirium.

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