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Follies Poissy, France : Building

New Yvelines Architecture Development at the River Seine – design by AWP + HHF

13 Sep 2011


Location: Yvelines department, Île-de-France, north-central France – near Paris

Date: 2011

Design: AWP + HHF

Architectures in the ‘Parc des bords de Seine’

Follies Poissy Carriere Sous Poissy building design

Follies Poissy Follies Poissy Île-de-France
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The series of a pavilions with different public functions and programs are part of a future 113 hectare large public green space along the Seine river, in Carrière-Sous-Poissy, at the end station of the RER line A and close the renown Villa Savoye from Le Corbusier. The Park designed by the Paris based landscape architects Agence TER will be a public park and ecological showcase for local residents and a leisure destination for people living in and around Paris.

The competition brief included the construction of a visitor’s center, of a restaurant (“guinguette”), of an observatory plus about a dozen smaller infrastructure “follies” with different uses.

Similar to the popular wooden preschool toys in form of building blocks made of out of colorful wood, this collection of pavilions and small infrastructure «follies» is based on a modular wood system, repeating and combining different sized and different angled timber frames. This approach allows for interesting and unusual constructions, enabling a wide range of possible variations with a very limited number of elements, while at the same type staying very flexible for future adaptions and during the construction phase. This will result in unique atmospheres and spaces for each of the pavilions and infrastructure follies. In addition to that it’s a relatively low priced construction method which enables the integration of local building know how and local companies.

Follies Poissy design by AWP + HHF Follies Poissy Follies Poissy
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The site of the Follies Poissy project is an exceptional one, for its location along the Seine river and for its “in-between”, dual nature (land/water, city/sprawl, wilderness/domesticated nature). The presence of barges, fishing huts and houseboats, which have been so far inhabiting the site has been a powerful source of inspiration. On the other side, the site boundary is characterized by suburban nondescript housing pavilions. The design springs from a process of hybridization between these two existing habitat models: the floating barge and the archetypical suburban house resulting in a new typology emerging in the park and dealing with the site’s memory and identity both spatially and socially, whilst providing a contemporary and forward-looking response.

By working along residential neighborhoods and along the river, we are invited by this project to come inhabit a large urban room worthy of Paris’ tradition of great terraced boulevards. This very active strip of land is made up of continuous docks, a large mooring space for barges, pontoons, lookouts, observatories, cantilevered terraces… These small, furtive constructions must stimulate the flow of people over the entire length of the park, and towards the water and city, as well as provide facilities for viewing the landscape: framing/unframing. They will bring an inspirational atmosphere, to encourage new experiences. We want to suggest windows for sharing this new kind of landscape, and bring the surrounding city to life by intensifying certain elements of the landscape plan: inscribe it within an urban strategy. The idea is to create conditions for viewing the space, to allow crossovers that are adapted to the buildings’ uses, users, to the evolution of their surroundings.

Aerial photo of the Follies Poissy area:
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Parc des Bords de Seine – Building Information

Location: Carrière-Sous-Poissy, Paris, France
Net floor area: 1,900 sqm approx.
Type of project: Public equipments. Pavilions and Follies
Planned: 2011
Client: Communauté d’agglomération des Deux Rives de la Seine
Architects: AWP + HHF
Project responsible: Alessandra Cianchetta
Team AWP: Marc Armengaud, Matthias Armengaud, Alessandra Cianchetta,
Miguel La Parra Knapman, David Perez
Team HHF: Simon Frommenwiler, Simon Hartmann, Tilo Herlach
Structure: EVP
Engineering / QS: GINGER
Competition: 1st prize, 2011 / preliminary studies ongoing
Images: © AWP – HHF, Sbda


AWP + HHF have just won the competition to deliver a masterplan plan for the development of all urban spaces in the La Défense central business district, Paris.

The same month AWP has also won the competition to design the public realm of Jardins de l’Arche, below the Grande Arche de la Défense and around the new stadium Arena 92.

HHF: Opening of the exhibition ‘Ai Weiwei: Art/Architecture’ at the Kunsthaus Bregenz, which is being shown from 16 Jul – 16 Oct 2011. HHF shows 4 projects, 3 of them designed in collaboration with Ai Weiwei.

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