David Georges Emmerich

Les Bateaux-mouches, 1970

Designed in 1970 for the Quais de Seine de Paris, the Bateaux-mouches project is his first tensegrity project, also called “a floating establishment coming to the aid of the habitat.” Emmerich designed an inhabitable stereometric capsule for the pontoon of the Bateaux-mouches (the current pontoon moored near the Pont de l’Alma), to be a work of architecture without foundation or façade. The project was designed with several variations: a superstructure for reception, comprised of 3 tensegrity “tetrakaidecahedrons” (polyhedrons with six square sides and 8 hexagonal sides), each measuring 20 meters, and a secondary suspended structure, composed of modular “hexadecahedric”  (16 sides) compartments, to which it was possible to add some tetrahedrons. Though the main structure is stationary – its height prohibited it from passing under the bridges – the number of compartments could vary according to need. A crystal agglomeration of polyhedrons, the Bateaux-mouches project looks like a space that is “fluid, rhythmic and more ample all at the same time,” in which right angles and orthogonality no longer exist. Despite the fact that the construction of one of the pontoons was well advanced, the order was cancelled, abandoning what was supposed to become a hotel suspended in the planning stages.

Ponton, bateau mouche

Superstructure, implantation, éch. 1:100

Dessin

Encre et crayon graphite sur calque

73.2 x 109.8 x

1969

996 08 10

Dodécaèdre
Maquette
Métal, peinture
98 x 107 x 107
1970
996 01 28

Superstructure, implantation, éch. 1:100
Dessin
Encre et crayon graphite sur calque
73.2 x 109.8
1969
996 08 10

Maquette grandeur, habitacle, éch. 1:10
Dessin
Encre et crayon graphite sur calque
67.7 x 109.6
1969
996 09 10

Superstructure vue sur voilure, éch. 1:100
Dessin
Encre et crayon graphite sur calque
64.3 x 108.2
1970
996 01 10

Dessin
Crayon de couleur et feutre sur papier
37.6 x 91.9
1970
996 01 11

Superstructure, vue côté Seine, éch. 1:100
Dessin
Encre et feutre sur calque
65 x 109
1970
996 02 10

Superstructure schéma
Dessin
Encre et crayon de couleur sur calque
21.5 x 29
1970
996 02 11 a

Superstructure schéma
Dessin
Encre et crayon de couleur sur calque
25.5 x 29
1970
996 02 11 b

Superstructure schéma
Dessin
Encre et crayon graphite sur calque
25 x 27
1970
996 02 11 c

Superstructure, vue côté quai, éch. 1:100
Dessin
Encre et crayon graphite sur calque
66 x 107.4
1970
996 03 10

Superstructure, coupe vue latérale, N°26-13
Dessin
Encre et crayon graphite sur calque
64.4 x 109
1970
996 04 10

Prototype métallique, habitacle tôle, éch. 1:10
Dessin
Encre et crayon graphite sur calque
66.4 x 108.5
1970
996 06 10

Superstructure autotendante, éch. 1:100
Dessin
Encre et crayon graphite sur calque
65.5 x 108.5
1970
996 07 10

Superstructure ouvertures, éch. 1:100
Dessin
Encre et crayon graphite sur calque
66.5 x 110
1970
996 10 10

Superstructure géométrie, éch. 1:100
Dessin
Encre et crayon graphite sur calque
70.5 x 109.2
1970
996 11 10

Superstructure, hauteur élévation, éch. 1:100
Dessin
Encre sur calque
64.3 x 109.8
1970
996 12 10

Superstructure mature, plan, éch. 1:100
Dessin
Encre et crayon graphite sur calque
63.8 x 108.8
1970
996 13 10

Coupe, élévation
Dessin
Encre sur calque
70 x 94.3
s. d.
996 02 09

Superstructure schéma
Dessin
Encre sur calque
27 x 39
s. d.
996 04 11

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