A Round-Up of Water-Based Projects for World Water Day 2016

A year of controversies over water-related projects like Thomas Heatherwick’s Garden Bridge in London, or Frank Gehry’s LA River master plan in Los Angeles, can paint a fraught portrait of the relationship between design and one of our most precious resources. But in honor of World Water Day, we have rounded up some of the projects that represent the most strategic, innovative, and unexpected intersections of design and H2O that have been featured on ArchDaily.

Architecture and water have a long history of intersection, from the aqueducts engineered by the Romans to Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fallingwater, and the relationship holds new value in an age of climate change coupled with evolving modes of thinking about the relationship between humans and ecology. An ever-broadening understanding of the human need for water—from health and hygiene to recreation and wonder—has ensured that new ways to incorporate this classic element into vanguard designs has flourished. The following projects feature water in a variety of ways, from proximity to bodies of water, to designs literally shaped or formed by their relationship to moisture, to projects that are physically immersed in the liquid, and finally other projects which are only visions of a yet-unbuilt future.

Projects Defined by Their Proximity to Water

Carpa Olivera / Colectivo Urbano

Dania Park / Thorbjörn Andersson with Sweco Architects

Plaza San Martin De La Mar / Zigzag Arquitectura

Steinsdalsfossen Waterfall / JVA

Harbin Opera House / MAD Architects

Qunli Stormwater Wetland Park / Turenscape

The Infinite Bridge / Gjøde & Povlsgaard Arkitekter

Projects Shaped by Water

Teshima Art Museum / Ryue Nishizawa

MoMA PS1 YAP 2015 - COSMO / Andrés Jaque / Office for Political Innovation

Water Tower / V+

Merchant Square Footbridge / Knight Architects

"Floating Fields" Wins Shenzhen UABB Award And is Set to Continue Through 2016

AntiRoom II / Elena Chiavi + Ahmad El Mad + Matteo Goldoni

Future Projects Showing an Affinity with Water

BIG Redskins Stadium Designed for More Than Just Football

Heatherwick to Construct $170 Million "Pier 55" Park Off Manhattan's Hudson River Shoreline

How Morphogenesis Plans to Revitalize Delhi by Rejuvenating its Polluted Waterways

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Cite: Vladimir Gintoff. "A Round-Up of Water-Based Projects for World Water Day 2016" 22 Mar 2016. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/784129/a-round-up-of-water-based-projects-for-world-water-day-2016> ISSN 0719-8884

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