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2013 – Well field Pavilion _ Livry France

Program Pavilion on well field
Floor area 300 m2
Place Livry, France
Client Véolia Eau + 2EI
Team Eric Cassar, Lamia Nekaa, Mark Shtanov, Andrea Sender

General principles The well field Pavilion is a building intended primarily for teaching purposes. It is used from April to September, during the day. As the starting point of a visit to the field and the factory, it should draw attention to water and more generally to the environment and sustainable development. The building will be an “open” pavilion, influenced by the outdoor atmosphere. It is completely watertight but partially sensitive air, more or less porous depending on the weather and the seasons.This “blotter building”, exacerbates and makes climate and sensory changes perceptible.
A water catchment area is described as being the area, which contains a number of works and installations that are destined to the catchment of water from one and the same water table.


The project: a walk on the well field, a route

Main parts of the project :

- Visible from the street and the entrance, the pavilion is signalled.
- The Pavilion: visitors’ senses are awakened and they become conscious of the environment.
- Exit = Step 1: New Relation with the well field
- Walk in the landscape
- Step 2: contact with biodiversity. Contemplation of existing hives.
- Step 3: belvedere : viewpoint high on the field.
- Option to visit the top of the pump

The inside of the pavilion is visible from the entrance. Once the visitors have passed the gate, they are invited to walk on slopes and to take place between the translucent tubes.
Once they have settled, the “wing” opens and gradually reveals the view on the north field.
Light and its treatment vary according to the East, West and South directions. The experience changes according to the weather and time of day.
The instructor’s space is split between an opaque wall to project videos or teaching tools (board…) and an opening view on the field (like in painting).
The main events are the landscape, the water inside the pavilion (passing through the translucent tubes with small diameters) and the ‘ground ceiling’ perforation (metaphor of a presence under the field between earth and earth).


A poetic architecture

Upon arrival at the well field, visitors should feel they are entering a natural and intact setting which must not be damaged. The well field « pavilion » must awaken the visitor’s senses with its atmosphere, air and water (the precious element to be preserved).

The building will be demonstrative, poetic and subtly educational. It will invite the viewer to steer his gaze towards the elements (water, light, sun, temperature) and show how their intimate connections create an ecosystem. It will create poetic events rooted in natural events.

Visitors will see the water go through the building without getting wet, they will realize the importance of our natural resources. This sensorial apprehension will be the starting point and the memory point of intelligible apprehension presented by the facilitators. The experience of the pavilion will be an invitation to inhabit spaces, environments, atmospheres, to become more sensitive to environmental changes around us.


A pragmatic and sustainable architecture

Playing with natural events
Established according to solar orientation, views and prevailing winds, the architecture will be flexible, changing, according to different seasons and changes of the external environment and the time of day. It will be adapted to teaching but can be used for the organization of events and exhibitions.

A high environmental quality building
This pavilion will be economical (even autonomous) in energy. It will have a ‘gradient’ relationship with the outdoors. It will partly continue on the field.



The pavilion will be connected to various spaces using new technologies:
- Connection particularly with virtual views linked to the field (possibility of time differences): hive, seine, vegetation, detail …
- Connection to the city hall (information panels about the city.


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