Giuseppe Occhipinti, an Italian structural engineer and the co-founder of Engineering Seismic Consulting (ESC), has shared his seismic water tower design with us. While ESC amends structural problems for projects on a variety of scales, the firm also develops conceptual projects. Their latest conceptual project is a reuse for a typical tall water tank to aid urban needs. The seismic addition not only adds a functional entity but also adds an aesthetic touch to the tower. More images and more about the tower after the break.
The mushroom-shaped concrete water tower incorporates a vertical concrete pipe that absorbs seismic horizontal actions. The new addition is connected to the existing concrete and the steel floors, so that the external vertical structure can be reduced to simple compression.
After different studies of retrofitting these seismic components, the addition saves a considerable amount of money in its construction. At the top of the water tower is a viewing walkway that shows an uninterrupted view of the landscape.