Two gas regulator stationswere designed for GRTgaz, a branch company of Gaz de France. Both are situatedin residential suburbs, in the cities of Choisy-le-Roi and Bois d’Arcy, on theoutskirts of Paris.
The station n°1 comes as the“first stone” of an urban redevelopment of a residential area east ofChoisy-le-Roi. It was conceived as a white pavilion: a white metal birdcagesettled on a concrete box. This concrete box, which contains all the technicalfittings, is imbedded in the existing slope. The birdcage replaces the fencethat is usually placed around the building in order to prevent public access.The flat terraced-roof is equipped with sky windows meant to be ejected in caseof immediate gas decompression.
The station n°2 is situated in Bois d'Arcy, on the borderof a green square. A metal fence wraps around the concrete block in order toinclude a car park for occasional staff visits and service. It is conceived asa climbing wine structure, giving the building the appearance of a provisionaltent. As the vegetation grows onto the mesh, the tent-like building turns intoa large bush veiling the technical function of the post. The building appearsthen as a vertical expansion of the green surface of the square.
These stations are small pressure-relieving facilitiesmeant for plugging residential areas onto the gas network. As for generictechnical objects, they are here also composed of the usual series of technicaldevices: concrete blocks, metal fences, car park, & sky windows. Instead ofbeing aggregated in a catalogue, these devices are rearranged so as to adapt tovery different contexts.