The anti-flood pump station building of the Seine, an invisible giant

  • Project type : New Construction
  • Building Type : Other building
  • Construction Year : 2016
  • Delivery year : 2019
  • Climate zone : [Cfb] Marine Mild Winter, warm summer, no dry season.
  • Net Floor Area : 215 m2
  • Construction/refurbishment cost : 14 500 000 €
  • Number of none : 3 none
  • Cost/m2 : 67 442 €/m2
  • Cost/none : 4 833 333 €/none

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  • Contest

    Green Solutions Awards 2019 - Buildings

    Low Carbon
    Users' Choice

    The Vitry-Sur-Seine anti-flood pumping station is a low carbon sustainable building designed following an HQE approach and the priority targets mentioned below that have been developed throughout the project:

    Target 1: Harmonious relationship of the building with its environment
    Quality of outdoor spaces for users:
    • The bias is to propose a treatment of the facades of the projected building by the use of biodegradable materials, such as aluminum.
    • Views on natural areas: green roof and vegetated hollow slabs
    • Limitation of visual nuisances caused by the exterior environment
    • Architectural integration of the building into a global project of the ZAC (activity zone) Gare des Ardoines
    • Limitations of the nuisances generated by the operation of the site for residents: optimization of the interfaces

    • Restoration of a biodiversity thanks to the green roof and the bins on plots. The aromatics and sedum planted favor the arrival of insects and birds such as bees, butterflies, beetles.


    Target 2: Integrated choice of building products, systems and processes
    • Constructive choice for the durability, adaptability and ease of maintenance of the structure: Oversized aluminum cladding (2/3 of the high façades) and smooth ocher-colored aluminum (1/3 of the basement façades) ) (Métaldesign concept), accessible and vegetated roof terrace (pots on plots aromatics plantations) and roof terrace planted with sedum (ecovegetal), insulation of all facades and wood fiber roof (from Pavatex)

    Target 4: Energy Management
    • Thermal insulation in wood fiber panels (Pavatex) facades and roofing.
    • VMC double flow (ventilation of the building and the buried basin)

    Target 5: Water Management
    • Treatment of rainwater roofing by 2 systems: bins on vegetated plots present around the acroterium. A vegetated cover in sedum covers almost the entire surface of the roof. Rainwater is managed by vegetation and transported to the decent rainwater located at the corners of the building.

    • In case of heavy rains, the waters of the city of Vitry Sur Seine are transported to the Seine; the work buried beneath the building makes it possible to recover the city's rainwater that is led to the Seine by means of a pump. This device can fade against the risk of flooding the Seine in case of rain and flood. Thus the basin allows to return the pumped water in dry period.

    Target 6 and 7: hygrothermal comfort and acoustic comfort
    • Thermal and acoustic comfort is guaranteed by the green roof and wood fiber insulation.

    Target 8: visual comfort
    • Visual comfort is ensured by the glass roof of 8m² located on the green roof. It brings natural light into the building and thus decreases its lighting needs.


    Rue Léon Geoffroy , 94400 Vitry-Sur-Seine France

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