SUR le ponton
2 April 2016


Based on detailed analysis of the City Angers, the River la Main, the significant effect of floods, the historical and present use of the river, we developed an urban project named “Sur le ponton”, meaning “on the pontoon”.

Our main objectives are to enhance the quality of the forgotten river and to rebuild the relationship between the City and the river again. Among others we got inspired by “Bateau lavoir”, the historical launderette boats of Angers. These boats, where people use to socialize by the river do not exist in the city anymore instead you have a highway along the river which limits the access to the water.

La Main lost his identity over the years and cannot compete with the adjoined Rivers which affects the economy and the image of the city enormously.

At this time, the river does not exist in the mind map of the inhabitants. A city which was once builds by the river.

We ask ourselves to what extent a residential proposal in a high risk flooded area would make sense for the city and we decide to step back and focus on the consciousness and reactivation of the river and created a contemporary architecture which is adjusted to Angers environment and does not avoid the water.

Sur la pontoon is a number of floating pontoons which invites inhabitants to different activities along the river. Depending on the City needs, we defined 7 precise points along the river and placed permanent standing pontoons. On those pontoons people can buy food from the market, relax in a green space area, play football, socialize in bars and restaurant, visit an open-air theater or do a camping.

In addition we created moving pontoons which rotated along the city according to a time schedule with the aim to reach more people and to upgrade the usage of the permanent pontoons. Our project also works in float session.

A certain number of pontoons change to operational facilities such as bridges to connect people, goods and animals to the other side of the city.

The simplicity, flexibility and the adaption during the float session are the main selling points of our project.

Technische Universität Berlin, Professor Finn Geipel, 2011

In cooperation with Daniel Mikolajcak and Amani Kelifa