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Innovative Uses of Water in Architecture

From playful indoor pools to tranquil exterior fountains to soaring waterfalls and grand lakes of enormous proportions, architecture throughout the centuries has engaged with water in endlessly innovative ways. Sometimes serving aesthetic purposes, but just as often acting as centers of activity or promoting sustainability, water features can take countless different forms and serve multiple different purposes. Below, we synthesize a series of water features espoused by innovative contemporary architectural projects, ranging from single-family residential homes to vast commercial complexes.

The Winery at VIK / Smiljan Radic. Image © Cristobal Palma Jellyfish House / Wiel Arets Architects. Image © Jan Bitter Jewel Changi Airport / Safdie Architects. Image Courtesy of Peter Walkner Partners Landscape Architects Moses Bridge / RO&AD Architecten. Image © RO&AD Architecten + 34

School René Beauverie / Dominique Coulon & associés

© Eugeni Pons © Eugeni Pons © Eugeni Pons © Eugeni Pons + 30

Vaulx-en-Velin, France

Covered Market and Exhibition Area in Schiltigheim / Dominique Coulon & associés

© David Romero-Uzeda © Eugeni Pons © Eugeni Pons © Eugeni Pons + 34

Schiltigheim, France

‘Allende’ Performance Hall and Rehearsal Studios / Dominique Coulon & associés

© Eugeni Pons © Eugeni Pons © Eugeni Pons © Eugeni Pons + 47

Mons-en-Barœul, France

‘Human Rights’ Sports Center in Strasbourg / Dominique Coulon & associés

Strasbourg, France

Théodore Gouvy Theatre / Dominique Coulon & associés

© Eugeni Pons
© Eugeni Pons

© Eugeni Pons © Eugeni Pons © Eugeni Pons © David Romero-Uzeda + 53

Freyming-Merlebach, France

Architecture and the Bare Body: 15 Spaces for Healing, Relaxing and Bathing

© David Romero-Uzeda © Vinicius Nunes © Clément Guillaume Cortesía de A2arquitectos + 16

Spas, swimming pools, and saunas are spaces to which we turn in search of positive experiences, especially healing and sanitation. What characterizes all of these spaces is a requirement to wear little clothing--or even none at all--meaning that these spaces have very different expectations regarding nudity, privacy, and the human body when compared to other forms of architecture. From the point of view of design, nudity requires specific spatial conditions, forcing architects to think carefully about details such as the opacity of materials and the dimensions of space. With this in mind, this week we present a selection of the 15 best images of healing spaces, captured by renowned photographers such as Kevin Scott, Clément Guillaume, and Marcello Mariana.

Offices and housing Strasbourg / Dominique Coulon & associés

© Eugeni Pons © David Romero-Uzeda © Eugeni Pons © Eugeni Pons + 41

Strasbourg, France

Media Library [Third-Place] in Thionville / Dominique Coulon & associés

© Eugeni PONS © Eugeni PONS © Eugeni PONS © Eugeni PONS + 43

Thionville, France

Simone Veil’s group of schools in Colombes / Dominique Coulon & associés

© Eugeni PONS Courtesy of Dominique Coulon & associés © Eugeni PONS © Eugeni PONS + 32

Colombes, France

Nursery in Buhl / Dominique Coulon & associés

© Eugeni Pons © Eugeni Pons © Eugeni Pons © David Romero-Uzeda + 27

Buhl, France

92-Bed Nursing Home / Dominique Coulon & associés

© David Romero-Uzeda © David Romero-Uzeda © David Romero-Uzeda © David Romero-Uzeda + 45

Pont-sur-Yonne, France

Community Centre in Venarey-Les Laumes / Dominique Coulon & associés

© David Romero-Uzeda
© David Romero-Uzeda
Venarey-les-Laumes, France

© David Romero-Uzeda © David Romero-Uzeda © David Romero-Uzeda © David Romero-Uzeda + 37

Multicultural Centre in Isbergues / Dominique Coulon & Associés

© David Romero-Uzeda © David Romero-Uzeda © David Romero-Uzeda © David Romero-Uzeda + 41

Isbergues, France

Restructuring and Safety Works of Saint-Jean’s Schools / Dominique Coulon & associés

© David Romero-Uzeda © David Romero-Uzeda © David Romero-Uzeda © David Romero-Uzeda + 38

Strasbourg, France

Swimming Pool Extension in Bagneux / Dominique Coulon & associés

© Clément Guillaume © David Romero-Uzeda © David Romero-Uzeda © Clément Guillaume + 43

Bagneux, France

Regional Court and Industrial Tribunal at Montmorency / Dominique Coulon & Associés

© Patrick Miara © Patrick Miara © David Romero-Uzeda © Patrick Miara + 34

Montmorency, France