Scan Survey: Les Grandes-Serres de Pantin, Paris.

  • 23&24 -10-23
  • Leica BLK2GO SLAM Scanner / Emesent Hovermap ST / DJI Mavic Pro
  • Multiple scans / 2 Days
  • Rendered with 3DS Max/V-Ray/Arnold, Houdini/Mantra, Leica Cyclone 360
  • Visit: Les Grandes-serres de Pantin (French)

A visit to a vast disused factory in Paris before it is demolished. The old Pouchard Tubes pipe factory was a historic industrial site in Pantin, a suburb of Paris. It was founded in 1927 by the Pouchard family, who specialized in cold deformation and surface treatment of steel tubes for various applications, such as automobiles, boilers, and railways.

The factory occupies a large area between the railway tracks and the canal de l’Ourcq, and has distinctive glass-roofed halls that gave it the name of “Les Grandes-Serres” (The Great Greenhouses)

The factory itself closed in 2017 and the site acquired by a real estate developer with plans to transform it into a mixed-use complex with offices, services, shops, restaurants, and a hotel.

Prior to commencement of the redevelopment the premises were made available as a huge artist space for exhibitions and installations; this scan survey was carried out in cooperation with “Boite à tubes #1, Grandes-Serres de Pantin, 2021”, an electroacoustic work on the industrial sound memory of the site.

The installation was created by Nadine Schütz, a Swiss artist who works in sound and space. She created the work in collaboration with the artist collective Echora.

The sound installation itself is located in a small control cabin in the Grande Halle of the Grandes-Serres which has been perforated with a variety of metal tubes of different sizes. Each tube plays a different sound, creating a cacophony of industrial noises which act as powerful reminder of the industrial past of the Grandes-Serres site.

While the many lime trees that surround the site cannot be relocated, the intention is for their sculpture-grade wood to be repurposed within the new development.