By reinterpreting the principle of the Canadian well, the raw earth climate bank uses cool air from underground Parisian quarries to cool public space in Paris in the summer.
STREET FURNITURE COOLED BY UNDERGROUND AIR, PARIS 13
With summer temperatures in Paris exceeding 30 °C (86 °F), Pavillon de l’Arsenal, as part of FAIRE, will be experimenting, with the support of the municipality of the 13th arrondissement of Paris, a cooling device that draws naturally fresh air from the quarries below Paris in order to release it in public spaces. A reinterpretation at the urban scale of the earth-to-air heat exchanger, the bench provides respiration and highlights the potential for methods of environmentally friendly cooling.
Designed by architects and urban planners from the studio Alt, Frédéric Blaise, Guillaume Duranel, Julia Lenoir, and designers Emma Lelong and Rémi Nguyen, in partnership with Climespace, Élioth, Asmod and the General Inspectorate of Quarries of the City of Paris, Air des Carrières, manufactured from stone quarried in the Parisian basin, works due to a ventilation system that automatically releases cool air drawn from the quarries when temperatures exceed 25 °C (77 °F). Set up for the first time on Place Jeanne d’Arc, the climatic bench is accessible to users over the course of the experiment—scheduled from 1 June to 15 September 2021. The device will undergo testing and evaluation over the course of the summer of 2021.
The Air des Carrières bench is produced under the FAIRE program, the Parisian accelerator for architectural and urban projects launched by Pavillon de l’Arsenal with the City of Paris with the support of Caisse des Dépôts, MINI, and EDF.
Duration of the experiment: 1 June to 15 September 2021
Agence Alt, Frédéric Blaise, Guillaume Duranel, Julia Lenoir, architects and urban planners,
Emma Lelong and Rémi Nguyen, designers,
TSO Réali: Metalwork
Rocamat: Stone supply and extraction
City of Paris
Municipality of the 13th arrondissement of Paris
General Inspectorate of the Quarries of Paris, Jules Querleux,
City of Paris Transport Department,
Climespace, Maxime Boucaud, technical designÉlioth, followed by Asmod, Arnaud Sanson, thermal comfort and automation