French architects plan London Eye-style ‘water wheel hotel’ on Seine

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French architects plan London Eye-style 'water wheel hotel' on Seine
French architects plan London Eye-style 'water wheel hotel' on Seine
The “water wheel hotel” on the banks of the Seine that SCAU Architectes are planning to build

SCAU Architectes are planning to build a “water wheel hotel” on the banks of the Seine, which resembles the London Eye but with “room capsules” that would rotate constantly.

The “wheel hotel” will turn constantly at a slow speed, powered by batteries charged by the current of the river and making one complete rotation every half hour.

The views from its 19 rooms will change as the 12ft cylindrical pods move.

Architects Maxime Barbier, 41, and Luc Delamain, 53, from the firm SCAU are in discussion with municipal officials in Paris and Bordeaux. “They’re interested in the project but there are a lot of formalities first, especially in Paris,” Mr Barbier told the Telegraph. “In Bordeaux they’re very enthusiastic and there’s less red tape.”

Like the Eiffel Tower, which was to have been dismantled after the Universal Exhibition of 1889, the wheel hotel is not intended to be a permanent structure. “It is made of wood and it will only take four days to assemble or dismantle it, so it could be transported by barge and re-erected elsewhere on the river,” Mr Barbier said. […]

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