Sumit Singhal loves modern architecture. He comes from a family of builders who have built more than 20 projects in the last ten years near Delhi in India. He has recently started writing about the architectural projects that catch his imagination.
Water Plant in Évry, France by AWP
June 18th, 2013 by Sumit Singhal
Article source: AWP
Located on the Seine river front, close to a key metropolitan route (the Francilienne), évry water depuration plant is a major infrastructural element, whose stakes are environmental, technical, urban and symbolic. The first plant was built in the 70s and the aim of this renovation is to increase and optimize its capacity. The urban dimension of the equipment has guided us towards a strategy of opening-up and hospitality. Previously rejected and hidden, this infrastructure is now relocated on the urban scene, so to have a public role, and to reach a symbolic level. Regularly open to visitors, this equipment will become a landmark and a thematic park on the theme of water filtering. The formal strategy consists of a main axis along the river, along which gardens, new buildings and tanks are located. Buildings will be renovated and their façades completely redesigned as urban scale filters.
AWP is an award winning interdisciplinary office for territorial reconfiguration and design. It is based in Paris and develops projects internationnally working on a wide variety of programmes: architecture, landscape design, strategic planning, urbanism. These projects only differ in terms of context and scale but they all share the same values and visions: hospitality, beauty, an innovative confrontation between symbol and uses and a renewed relationship between architecture and landscape. Their portfolio of clients includes several european cities, metropolitan and regeneration authorities, cultural institutions and developers.
Among their works: the French pavilion for the Architecture Biennale in São Paulo (Brazil, 2007), the Lantern pavilion in Sandnes (Norway, 2008), the sculpture park for the LAM, Museum of Modern, Contemporary and Outsider Art (France, 2010), the enlargement of a water purification plant (évry, France 2003-2012) and a 230ha strategic planning project for the Praille Acacias Vernets sector (Geneva, Switzerland, 2009-ongoing, with HHF). The three partners have exhibited their work and lectured in many architectural venues in Paris, London, Milan, Rome, Barcelona, Beijing, Toronto, Belgrade, Tianjin, Winnipeg, Geneva, Copenhagen, Oslo, Trondheim, Tirana, Lausanne, New York and many other places.