Water-Treatment Plant
by AWP

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French practice AWP has remodelled a water-treatment plant outside Paris to reveal its industrial processes to the public.

Water-Treatment Plant by AWP

Located beside the Seine to the south of the city, the Évry Water-Treatment Plant was first established in the 1970s. Following a design competition in 2003, AWP developed a new masterplan for the site, adding four new buildings and a surrounding landscape of trees and gardens that will all be accesible to visitors.

Water-Treatment Plant by AWP

Each of the buildings has a prefabricated concrete structure, with timber screens wrapping the upper sections to soften the industrial appearance of the facades. These screens surround large external ducts, as well as a number of balcony corridors.

Water-Treatment Plant by AWP

The smallest of the four buildings functions as an entrance and exhibition centre for tourists, who will be able to tour the plant when it opens to the public later this year.

Water-Treatment Plant by AWP

We've featured a few water-treatment plants designed by architects on Dezeen, including a combined garden and plant in Germany and a floating island that purifies river water.

Water-Treatment Plant by AWP

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Water-Treatment Plant by AWP

Photography is by Anna Positano.

Water-Treatment Plant by AWP

Here's a project description from AWP:


Water-Treatment Plant, Évry

Construction and renovation of four industrial buildings and a water park

Located on the Seine river front, close to a key metropolitan route (the Francilienne), Évry water depuration plant is a major infrastructural element that is at once symbolic and highly functional, reflecting environmental, technical and urban considerations.

Water-Treatment Plant by AWP

The first plant was built in the 70s and the aim of this renovation is to increase and optimise 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 as to have a public role and to become symbolic. Regularly open to visitors, this equipment will become both a landmark and an experiential water filtering park.

Water-Treatment Plant by AWP

The formal strategy consists of a main axis along the river where gardens, new buildings and tanks are located. Buildings will be renovated and their façades completely redesigned as urban scale filters.

Water-Treatment Plant by AWP

Location: Évry, France
Client: Communauté d'agglomération d'Évry
Architects: AWP (leading architect) + Ithaques

Water-Treatment Plant by AWP

Team AWP: Marc Armengaud, Matthias Armengaud, Alessandra Cianchetta (partners), Miguel La Parra Knapman, Joseph Jabbour, David Perez (project team)

Water-Treatment Plant by AWP

Engineering: Bonnard & Gardel (leading engineer)
Net surface: 6000 sqm (buildings)
Budget: €42 million
Competition: 2003
Delivery: 2012

Water-Treatment Plant by AWP
Site plan - click for larger image and key
  • http://www.shifta.fr shiftA

    Great work, I love the shape (and good photos).

  • blah

    Very nice, I wouldn’t mind using it as a house.

  • http://www.marshindustries.co.uk/ Sam Taylor

    Some excellent work for water treatment in France.

    However, they have forgotten to share how this place looked in the past.

    It is difficult for a common person to know the types of old treatment plants that can be renewed. Besides, the cost for upgrading the facility is not revealed.

    Will you please like to share this information in your future posts?