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Eber's Water Towers: France

by Eber Ohlsson


Nr 1/2018
Epernay

Nr 1/2018
Luçon

Nr 4/2016
Yvetot

Nr 5/2015
CERN

No 4/2012
Poziéres

No 4/2012
Croix

No 5/2009
Palavas-les-Flots

No 1/2008
Toulouse

No 1/2007
Carnon-Plage

No 1/2006
Montpellier

No 6/2005
Noisiel

No 6/2004
Val d´Europé

No 7/2003
Bobigny

No 3/2002
Bourg-la-Reine

No 5/1999
Hérouville

No 4/1999
Sélestat

No 4/1998
Belleville


Cirkulation 4/2018

A free translation to English:

Champagne is a province in the north of France, but also a drink that is produced there. The drink consists mainly of carbonated water and alcohol, a little sugar, and many flavors. But much more expensive than water.

In the town of Epernay there is champagne firm Castellane, that 1906 at its facility built a 66 m high richly decorated tower of reinforced concrete. A water tower, which also was an advertising space for the company, not least towards the nearby railway line Paris-Strasbourg. Tower architect considered to be Toudoire Marius, who also designed the Gare de Lyon in Paris and the similar clock tower there.

See Also:   Châteaux d'eau: Grand Est > Epernay
Cirkulation 1/2018

A free translation to English:

Horses need to drink plenty of water. It is debatable whether it was that or to satisfy the public demand for water that made the building of a water tower in the city Luçon, when the French government in 1910 decided to establish a cavalry regiment here. The tower, which was built in 1912-13, was designed by architect J. Bardin.

The Art Nouveau tower in reinforced concrete and with ceramic details held 500 m³ of water. Inadequate maintenance and after it was shut down in 1961 did the tower to finally was threatened with demolition. 1992 was it rescued, however, and a study in 1996 showed how the tower could be reused.

See Also:   Châteaux d'eau: Région Pays de la Loire > Luçon
Cirkulation 4/2016

A free translation to English:

In the northern French city of Yvetot standing in a light color painted water tower in reinforced concrete, not unlike many other French water towers. This tower also has a grassy roof, and there is no lack of the now almost obligatory antenna mast. Otherwise, it is the city's name that is the most interesting from a Nordic perspective.

Like many place names in Normandy and for the sake of even the British Isles got its name under the Scandinavian conquest in 800s and 900s, what today is known as the Viking Age. The name Yvetot corresponds on pure Scanian with Ivetofta, a village at Ivö lake in the northeastern Scania.

See Also:   Châteaux d'eau: Région Haute-Normandie > Yvetot

Cirkulation 5/2015

A free translation to English:

The particle accelerators at CERN, the world's largest particle physics laboratory, is situated in transboundary circular tunnels in both France and Switzerland. Here in neighbourhood of Geneva is there researched on the smallest constituents of matter, discoveries that have given scientists the Nobel Prize. It was also here that the World Wide Web was developed.

Something that also has spreading throughout the world is the molecule H2O. Next straight over the two tunnels is there a water tower in French CERN area, not many meters from the border with Switzerland and the vineyards there. Even tower photos can become transnational.

See Also:   Châteaux d'eau: Saint-Genis-Pouilly (CERN)

Cirkulation 2/2014

A free translation to English:

The village of Poziéres in Northern France was in the middle of one of the great battles in World War I, the Battle of the Somme 1916th. Here fought Entente which consisted of France, Britain and its Commonwealth. The Australian troops, who were part of the Entente, suffered heavy losses here in the village.

Today stands north of the village a water tower with a facade dedicated to the Australians. The tower is painted with a Victory Cross, Britain's highest military award, and a poppy flower, which is the symbol of the World War I on the western front. There are also names of decorated soldiers. In addition, there is a road sign warning of koalas.

See Also:   Châteaux d'eau: Département 80 > Poziéres

Cirkulation 4/2012

The Swedish word "lik" can mean both "like" and "corpse".

A free translation to English:


Water is considered a precondition to the origin of the life. The form of the water tower in the French village of Croix, just west of the Swiss city Basel, suggests, however the end of the life. The explanation of the form is likely that the architect wanted to allude to the village’s name, which translated means Cross.

There will be no less remarkable in that the tower stands next to the village’s cementary. Like a water tower or not, the tower’s form is fascinating even if you do not have a morbid disposition. Water towers that illustrates name of a village must be very rare, if ever there are any other such towers.

See Also:   Châteaux d'eau: Département 90 > Croix

Cirkulation 5/2009

A free translation to English:

A grey water tower of concrete without windows was some years ago rebuilt to a luxurious conference centre with a tourist office, belvedere and at the top a revolving panorama restaurant with space for 200 guests. Could the change be so must greater?

The Mediterranean Lighthouse, as the tower now is named, is standing in the seaside resort Palavas-les-Flots on the French Mediterranean coast, a few kilometres south of the city Montpellier. When it gets dark the lighting of the tower shifts in all spectral colours, and at that time the restaurant probably serve colourful drinks, that not only contents water.

See Also:   Châteaux d'eau: Département 34 > Palavas-les-Flots

Cirkulation 1/2008

A free translation to English:

Charles Laganne in the south French city Toulouse left 1822 a large sum of money with the intention to make distribution of pure, clean and pleasant water possible; there the source was the river Garonne. 60 000 persons got 1828 benefit of a construction with both filter and water tower.

In the water tower of bricks there were in the lower part paddle wheels and in the upper part reservoirs. When the demand of capacity was increasing, the tower, lost its original function, but was 1943 a historic building. Today is the water tower an Art Gallery and Photo Museum; there the old pumps enhance the value of attraction.

See Also:   Châteaux d'eau: Département 31 > Toulouse

Cirkulation 1/2007

A free translation to English:

Must a water tower be beautiful? Not always, which the water tower in Carnon-Plage in the south France is obvious to everyone. It doesn’t need to be beautiful, only it serves its purpose – to be an anchorage point for the mobile phone installations. The tower has even get the task to give the name to the bus stop at the tower – Carnon, Chateau d'eau.

Moreover has the water tower, hopefully, even the function to supply good drinking water to the consumer on the of salt-filled winds exposed sand bank outside the coast of Montpellier, half-way towards the large holiday resort la Grande-Motte.

See Also:   Châteaux d'eau: Département 34 > Carnon-Plage

Cirkulation 1/2006

A free translation to English:

Château d'eau, the French word for water tower is the famous construction called that stands in Montpellier, a city in the south France. In our nomenclature should the tower instead be called ground reservoir. The water reservoir, located on the city’s highest point, is underneath the magnificent hexagonal temple superstructure with it´s Corinthian capital from 1768, drawn by architect Jean Antoine Giral.

From the river Lez was the water let to the reservoir on an aqueduct that is 880 m long and 22 m high, and inspired by the little more north located famous Roman aqueduct Pont du Gard.

See Also:   Châteaux d'eau: Département 34 > Montpellier

Cirkulation 6/2005

The English expression “it’s up the creek” correspond to the Swedish double-edged expression “uppåt vägg­arna”=”up to the walls”.

A free translation to English:


Was the Tower of Babel a water tower? The opposite condition was in any case the idea of the architect Christian de Portzamparcs, when he draws his first order, a water tower in the new region Marne-le-Vallèe, east of Paris.

The tower should be located in a roundabout in Noisiel, and the solution by the architect was not only a water tower in concrete but even a surrounded lattice work that alluded to the known Bible illustration of Gustave Doré. The lattice work should be covered by winding plants and produce the illusion of hanging gardens. A water tower built 1971 there the green is up the creek.

See Also:   Châteaux d'eau: Département 77 > Noisiel

Cirkulation 6/2004

A free translation to English:

Mice are often nearby the humans, with no exception of the water cultures. Thirty kilometres east of Paris are there since circa 10 years a little America – Euro Disney­land, with a water tower inspired by the Mickey Mouse. A tower that is possible to take photos from outside, in contrary to its colleague by Los Angeles.

The architect of the tower is in a more wide sense Walt Disney. The central meaning of the water tower is proved by that that in the emblem of the amusement park there are two equalling symbols – The Castle of The Sleeping Beauty and The Water Tower. One variant of the Mickey Mouse - the water tower variant is doubtless that, that not get water in the ears.

See Also:
Château d'eau: Département 77 > Val d´Europe

Cirkulation 7/2003

The Swedish word “press” has various meaning, both “printing-press” and “pressure”.

A free translation to English:


A water tower building situated in Bobigny in the north district of Paris, was there in times past a good printing-press. Here in Bobigny built the old newspaper L´Illustration in 1930s a low building to the printing works and a high building to the editorial office. The high house got on the top a large water reservoir and tower clocks. Architect was unusually oddly the newspaper’s own secretary-general Louis Braschet.

When the newspaper was accused to collaboration with the Germans under the war, was the newspaper closed 1945, after which a transport company take over the building. The timeless building has stand empty in same years with lack of maintenance, but is now been renovating to be one of the universities in Paris.

See Also:   Château d'eau: Département 93 > Bobigny

Cirkulation 3/2002

A free translation to English:

One of the pioneers of the reinforced concrete, François Hennebique built the year 1904 a house to himself in Bourg-la-Reine, a fashionable suburb south Paris. This exciting house is a good example how the concrete is using in a monolithic construction, a field there Hennebique was a trail-blazer.

In the house has he used many of the concrete’s advanced means of expression, which together with the solid works done that the house is still feeling as up to date.

One of the building elements, the finishing touch, is the minaret-­similar 40 meter high tower, that halfway up has a water reservoir that is holding 25 m³. With this water tower has Hennebique built an exclamation mark of the reinforced concrete.

See Also:   Château d'eau: Département 92 > Bourg-la-Reine

Cirkulation 5/1999

A free translation to English:

1 500 m³ water, divided on three equal large reservoirs, contain the water tower in Hérouville-Saint-Clair, a large and modern suburb to Caen in the French Normandy. The steel water tower from 1963 have forms that gives reminiscence to the writer’s ice lollies in 1950s, or perhaps the modern standard lamp from the same period, but the tower sets undeniable both mark on and illuminate the suburb.

The firm SIDL has constructed the 52 metres high tower with a reservoirs at a height on 21 metres and a diameter on 6,5 metres. The manufacturing has been done in Delattre-Leviviers workshops in Valenciennes in the north France.

Considering of the water technical basics in the growing suburb in Normandy, should the constructor in the light of the post-war period of constructions have done the reservoir volume larger and got the memorable cubic metres 1944.

See Also:
Château d'eau: Département 14 > Hérouville-Saint-Clair



Cirkulation 4/1999

The struggle concern the vane on the top of the water tower.

A free translation to English:


Can water tower cause patriotic feelings? Yes, in Schlettstadt in Elsaß. The 50 metres high water tower in this town was built 1905 and had as model the water tower in the town Deventer in the Netherlands. On the top, above the water reservoir on 500 m³, was the German Eagle sitting and brood. The German loss in the First World War lead to that Elsaß pass to French tenancy and the name of the town was changed to Sélestat and Elsaß become Alsace.

Even the water tower become participates in this change. The German Eagle was replaced by the Gallic Cock. But only until 1940 however, when the cock must step down from the highest perch. When the war was ended the citizens thought that it must be enough, now should only the free birds occur on the roof.

The interesting is that these patriot quarrels only was exercised in the highest heights of the water spheres. As usual was the man hole covers forgotten. Therefore could you at least for some years ago [1994] outdoor the water tower find a man hole cover with the inscription “Hydrant - Wasserwerk Schlettstadt”. It would not do any harm if the nationalists sometimes look down.

See Also:
Château d'eau: Département 67 > Sélestat/Schlettstadt

Cirkulation 4/1998

A free translation to English:

A postmodern water tower. The French standard tower in the little village of Belleville 10 km north of Nancy in the eastern France is filled up with postal marks. There is no lack of addressee, sender or stamps. As it is stamped with 9 francs and 20 centimes, it will probably be counted as a parcel. We must still hope for the best of citizen of Belleville that the water tower not has insufficient postage.

See Also:   Château d'eau: Département 54 > Belleville

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