The Seine River has not flooded since 1910, but the Paris firm of MenoMenoPiu Architects is not taking any chances. Their design for tiny hotel cabins along six miles of unused riverfront includes stilts. Inspired by Japanese capsule hotels and the outdoor stalls of French booksellers, the metal-framed pod hotels of one or two bedrooms are intended to prevent central Paris from turning into an "architectural outdoor museum." The attractive but flimsy-looking cabins for tourists and commuters (assuming they are ever built) will be accessed via a secure corridor, and will offer views of the Notre-Dame cathedral. The aesthetic aim, according to the architects, was "to have the lowest visual impact in places of such cultural importance."
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