With water levels rising worldwide, there’s a very real risk of floods in any city that has a river at its core, and architect Dr. Margot Krasojević has envisioned a dynamic pavilion that could play a vital role in Paris’ flood control infrastructure. An enclosed circular glass bar rests over a bell mouth spillway, allowing water to enter from its entire perimeter and move into the channel. The circular bar directs water through ramps into the spillway, which is situated beneath a moveable glass floor. The bar’s industrial function is combined with a monocoque shell, showcasing the interior’s reflective nature as it supports the water’s weight. Etched glass adds an ethereal feel to the lattice structure, filtering water as it’s channeled upstream into nearby reservoirs via submerged canals.
This manner of flood protection is as beautiful as it is utilitarian, and would certainly do justice to “La Ville-Lumière“.
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