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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

Frizz23 Building / Deadline

© Jan Bitter © Ana Santl © Jan Bitter © Ana Santl + 14

Berlin, Germany
  • Architects: Deadline
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area: 9324.0
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year: 2018

Design Hostel / Holzer Kobler Architekturen + Kinzo

© Sebastian Dörken © Max Schroeder © Jan Bitter © Sebastian Dörken + 34

Rostock, Germany

Indoor Pools: Bringing the Tranquility of Water to Interiors

Within architecture, water evokes sentiments of calmness and wellbeing. The element has influenced design through its dynamic and fluid nature. With recent technological advances, architects have created some of the most strategic, innovative, and unexpected intersections of design and H2O.

Below, we have provided a roundup of indoor pools that highlight the application of water in different spaces, showing its relationship to materiality and use.

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© Mariela Apollonio © Yoshihiro Koitani + Aby Helfon y Ramón Helfon © Héctor Fernández Santos-Díez © Vinicius Nunes + 30

Blumenhaus / Wiel Arets Architects

Zürich, Switzerland

oxymoron / Sauerbruch Hutton

© Jan Bitter © Jan Bitter © Jan Bitter © Jan Bitter + 18

Venice, Italy
  • Architects: Sauerbruch Hutton
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area: 20.0
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year: 2018

Sublime Swimming: 12 Examples of Custom Pools

What's better than a house with a pool? A house with a pool that's part of the structure of the house. These 12 projects show different ways to incorporate pools and how to resolve issues of weight, moisture and leaks. See the houses below, featuring photos by photographers like Mariela Apollonio, Kent Soh y Marcello Mariana.

© Benjamin Benschneider © Pieters Kers & Patrick Voigt © Nathan Rader © Fernando Guerra |  FG+SG + 13

City of London Building Award 2016 Winners Announced

New Ludgate, a retail and commercial development located two blocks east of St. Paul’s Cathedral in downtown London, has been named the City of London Building of the Year 2016. The complex consists of two new buildings, One New Ludgate by Fletcher Priest Architects and Two New Ludgate by Sauerbruch Hutton. The award was given in recognition of “the buildings that support the ambitions of the City of London in delivering a world-class working environment, by evaluating both the quality of the architectural design and the impact the building has had on the city street scene.”

One New Ludgate by Fletcher Priest Architects. Image © Tim Soar Two New Ludgate by Sauerbruch Hutton. Image © Jan Bitter Salters’ Hall by dMFK. Image © Jack Hobhouse  Leathersellers’ Hall by Eric Parry. Image © Dirk Lindner + 18

Grimmwelt / kadawittfeldarchitektur

© Jan Bitter © Jan Bitter © Jan Bitter © Jan Bitter + 35

Kassel, Germany

New Ludgate / Fletcher Priest Architects + Sauerbruch Hutton Architects

© Jan Bitter © Paul Grundy Courtesy of Fletcher Priest Architects, Sauerbruch Hutton Architects © Jan Bitter + 35

  • Architects: Fletcher Priest Architects, Sauerbruch Hutton Architects
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area: 17079.0

EBP / E2A

© Jan Bitter © Jan Bitter © Jan Bitter © Jan Bitter + 15

  • Architects: E2A
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year: 2013

Escher Terraces High-Rise Apartments / E2A

© Jan Bitter © Georg Aerni © Georg Aerni © Jan Bitter + 9

  • Architects: E2A
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year: 2014

Shortlist Announced For 2015 RIBA South West Awards

A total of sixteen projects have been shortlisted for RIBA South West 2015 Awards, featuring buildings by Glenn Howells Architects, Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios, AHR, and Stonewood Design. All shortlisted buildings will now be assessed by a regional jury. Regional winners will then be considered for a RIBA National Award in recognition of their architectural excellence, the results of which will place some projects in the running for the 2015 .

See the complete list of shortlisted projects after the break.

Bircham Park Multi Storey Car Park / S333 Architecture + Urbanism

© Jan Bitter © Jan Bitter © Jan Bitter © Jan Bitter + 19

Plymouth, United Kingdom
  • Architects: S333 Architecture + Urbanism
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year: 2014

A' House / Wiel Arets Architects

© Jan Bitter © Jan Bitter © Jan Bitter © Jan Bitter + 35

Minato, Japan
  • Architects: Wiel Arets Architects
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area: 136.0
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year: 2014

Regiocentrale Zuid / Wiel Arets Architects

© Jan Bitter © Jan Bitter © Jan Bitter © Jan Bitter + 32

Stevensweert, The Netherlands
  • Architects: Wiel Arets Architects
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area: 1850.0
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year: 2014

Allianz Headquarters / Wiel Arets Architects

© Jan Bitter
© Jan Bitter
Wallisellen, Switzerland
  • Architects: Wiel Arets Architects
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area: 72000.0
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year: 2014

© Jan Bitter © Jan Bitter © Jan Bitter © Jan Bitter + 49

Jellyfish House / Wiel Arets Architects

© Jan Bitter © Jan Bitter © Jan Bitter © Jan Bitter + 24

Marbella, Spain
  • Architects: Wiel Arets Architects
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area: 650.0
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year: 2013