Drinking, laughing and dancing on the River Seine: LEICHT France was on board,
in a planning capacity, of course!
Rosa Bonheur, a French animal painter from the 19th century, was one of the most important pioneers of early feminism and the first female Chevalier of the French Legion of Honour. Born in Bordeaux in 1822 into a home of early socialists, she learned about equal rights of men and women from the cradle. Taught by her father how to paint, she specialised early on realistic animal painting. One of her most famous paintings is „La foire du cheval“ (The Horse Fair), a 244 x 506 cm oil painting which is now exhibited in the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. Rosa Bonheur died in 1899 in the French village of Thomery and is buried in Paris.
As an emancipated woman who never tried to hide her same-sex relationships, Rosa Bonheur has also become a symbolic figure for the homosexual community in Paris and is the namesake of the internationally renowned trendy taverna „Guinguette Rosa Bonheur“ located in the Parc des Buttes-Chaumont in the 19th arrondissement. Its rustic style, favourable prices and unofficial yet consistently embraced motto of „Drinking, laughing, dancing“ has attracted a colourful crowd for many years.
Since this summer, guests have been able to dance, laugh and sing not only in the original location but also on the Seine: The swimming subsidiary „Rosa Bonheur sur Seine“ is located vis-à-vis the Grand Palais, close to the Pont Alexandre III and has already proven abundantly that it is perfectly suited for parties.
The swimming taverna was designed by Seine Design, a group of architects, designers, engineers and artists from Paris. LEICHT France provided the first draft and was responsible for the planning of the 12-ton steel support structure and the 300 m² membrane envelope around it. The external part of the membrane envelope consists of a PVC membrane. The central fold-out element integrated in the ridge is made of pneumatically supported ETFE cushions.
Year of completion: 2014
Principal: Guinguette Rosa Bonheur / WHY NOT PRODUCTIONS, Paris
Client: ACS Production, Montoir de Bretagne
Architect: SEINE DESIGN Architecture, Paris
Pictures: LEICHT, Rosa Bonheur Sur Seine, GEMEINFREI