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Petit-Bain: Green-Roofed Floating Building Sets Sail on the Seine in Paris

Posted By Lori Zimmer On August 2, 2011 @ 8:34 am In Architecture,carousel showcase,Features,Floating Houses,Innovation,Recycled Materials | No Comments

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Petit-Bain’s steel exterior is clad in vertical larch beams, which make the boat look more like a building while adding a beach club atmosphere. The three-storey Petit-Bain is centered around a theater and nightclub [2], which spans the two-level height, plus a few extra feet via a floor that is submerged in the hull. Paying tribute to its former life, Encore Heureux turned a buoy into a disco ball, which is strung from the ceiling of the theater. It throws dazzling lights around the venue while bands and DJs play.

The restaurant [3] sits at river level, and is arranged to encourage social interaction, rather than quiet, private dinners. The interior is inexpensive pine plywood, which compliment the larch [4] exterior. The windows overlook the Seine outside, and there is a bar up top that looks down upon the concert hall as well as the river.

Ticket offices, dressing rooms, a coat check, offices and bathrooms are tucked within the Petit-Bain’s interior, accessible by three-foot bridges that fold away when the building is “at sea.” From the outside, the structure extends the quay’s public park space, as it is crowned by a green terrace and hanging gardens [5]. The perimeter of the terrace is lined with 33 white bathtubs [6] from a housing project that have been repurposed into planters. Each tub is planted with aquatic plants from the area. The bright yellow details of the Petit-Bain, mixed with the greenery, serve to enliven the dull grey dock area.

Petit-Bain opened on July 5th, and can be found at dock 9 at Port de la Gare, near the National Library Francois Mitterrand in the 13th arrondissement.

+ Encore Heureux [7]

Via Domus Web [8]

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[1] Image: http://inhabitat.com/petit-bain-green-roofed-floating-building-sets-sail-on-the-seine-in-paris/encore-heureux-petit-bateau9/

[2] theater and nightclub: http://inhabitat.com/jean-marie-tjibaou-cultural-center-inspired-by-native-architecture/

[3] restaurant: http://inhabitat.com/shiny-lapin-kulta-solar-kitchen-restaurant-is-an-experiment-in-green-gastronomy/

[4] larch: http://inhabitat.com/rothschild-foundation-moves-into-beautifully-renovated-windmill-hill-dairy-farm/

[5] hanging gardens: http://inhabitat.com/canal-city-an-eye-popping-japanese-mall-filled-with-hanging-gardens-and-cooling-pools/

[6] bathtubs: http://inhabitat.com/recycled-tub-chair-is-the-perfect-place-to-relax-without-all-the-water/

[7] + Encore Heureux: http://encoreheureux.org

[8] Domus Web: http://www.domusweb.it/en/news/petit-bain-by-encore-heureux/

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