Category New Waterscapes

Water management for a research centre near London


The building melts into the landscape and is sensitively integrated into the surrounding nature.

The water cascade has a dynamic optic which can be well appreciated from inside the building. The 180 metre long cascade is a major component of the cooling system.


Located in a site of unique natural beauty, the building – designed by Foster and Partners – is a transparent glass structure, half-sunken into the hillside to reduce its visual impact. The massiveness of the building is further disguised by a large adjoining artificial lake which wraps like a ying into the yang of the building. Through reflections and surface movements mirrored onto the glass, the building stands with poetic lightness...


Fountain sculpture in Immenstaad


Stillness and moving reflections – the sculpture fountain directly by the shore of Lake Constance


Arrival and departure – moving moments in man’s path through life.

And they are particularly striking when there is clearly a long distance ahead of or behind the traveller. Here a town on the sea or a large lake makes coming home or going away most emotional, as one arrives or leaves by ship with deliberation, in the true sense of the word. And there is always a long distance before or behind somebody, in which only water can wash away the last traces.

In Germany, Lake Constance in par­ticular, the country’s largest expanse of fresh water, can give the experience of a reasonably long trip by boat...


Daylighting of Alna River in Holalokka, Oslo


A silent consequence of urban expansion, particularly since World War II, has been the disappearance of many small streams from European cities. Culverted out of sight and out of mind of city residents, most streams have ended up as sewer canals. This is the case even in Oslo, capital city of Norway, a country of streams, waterfalls and lakes of enormous natural beauty.

The City Administration realized the extent of growing pollution of Oslo’s fjords and increasing pressure on the city watershed. A master plan was developed for the phased restoration of Oslo’s biggest river, the Alna, and improvement of the whole greater Oslo watershed area. Atelier Dreiseitl was selected with a local partner, Norwegian landscape architects 13...


Water as an open system

Подпись: Wolfram Schwenk

Water as an open system

Water is by nature formless and passive, and only shows its particular qualities when interacting with its surround­ings. These qualities constitute its significance in the con­text of nature and teach us to handle water correctly.

Water has become a museum exhibit recently. This gives me pause for thought, as generally speaking museums con­cern themselves with things that are not (any longer) part of people’s everyday experience. And now water in its natural diversity falls into this category, which for me is eloquent evi­dence of man’s alienation from the elemental basis of his life.

We banish water from our environment and allow it to appear for certain purposes only...


Rainwater management in Krems Business Park, Austria

Rainwater management in Krems Business Park, AustriaRainwater management in Krems Business Park, Austria

At times when flooding is on the increase, local authorities think about the omissions of recent years and de­cades. And they have to do this, as the damage caused by water in recent years have became a regular item in the accounts of local authorities, cantons and states. Unfortunately it is not until it gets difficult to balance the books that ready arguments are available for taking new directions in water manage­ment. And here it is important not to be too morose about having to do today what one could have wanted to do yesterday.

The Lower Austrian town of Krems an der Donau demonstrated this in terms of rainwater management. Here the municipal engineers drew up esti­mates for draining a proposed 33 hec­tare industrial estate with a conven­tional sewerage system...


Housing estate in Echallens near Lausanne


near Lausanne to commit themselves to an experiment by using a modern rain­water management idea for an estate with ninety dwellings. Since 1986, all the surface water here has flowed along the streets in gutters to a sealed treat­ment bed. Here the roots of reeds and rushes, in symbiosis with the filter floor, remove the harmful substances from the water before some of it runs into storage tanks. From here water is pum­ped to the central village well, which is a meeting-place, but also a sculpture, whose impressive volume of flowing water sets currents in motion, whose veil of water reacts to wind, and that is perhaps reminiscent of the fact that the source of all life once sprang from the village fountain...


The Lanferbach at SchQngelberg estate in Gelsenkirchen




Formerly a sewer with sheet-pile walls, the Lanferbach now runs by the Schungelberg estate in a leisurely fashion.


Most of the planners from elsewhere had to get used to two things over the ten years of the International Building Exhibition at Emscher Park: first to the stock of language that had emerged in Germany’s melting pot, borrowing all kinds of vocabulary that would other­wise be unfamiliar from the various immigrant groups. And to a kind of per­son that does not take at lot of things particularly seriously. For example, all the tillefitt, or fuss, about the IBA...


Green roof for Chicago City Hall


The flat roof of the historic city hall in downtown Chicago was transformed into a green roof garden.


the 11 storey town hall. The walls below it are over 100 years old, and familiar to European film fans at least as the notorious Blues Brothers paid their debts there at the last minute.

What has emerged on top of the town hall is a lightly contoured land­scape, planted on a shallow substrate with varieties of sedum and on a deeper one with trees and shrubs. It is possible to walk around the city hall roof on a curving path. Parts of the roof were removed for statical reasons before the planting, and provision of water for the roof plants was dealt with as part of this process...


Scheme for the banks of the Volme, Hagen


The Volme inside the town of Hagen was constrained within a box profile with embankment walls 3 metres high. As the concrete bed slowly crumbled away, a complete change of direction was envisioned.


There are some towns that have a considerable number of inhabitants and whose names are familiar, but do not trigger any associations. For example, you’ve heard of Hagen, but it’s unlikely that you can describe more than the platform on the ICE train line. It’s the same with rivers. The Ennepe is familiar enough, but how many people know that it flows into the Volme, which is a tributary of the Ruhr? Only people who live in Hagen, you might think. Anyway, the rivers come together just outside the town gates, and the Volme runs through the town centre.

But in the case of...


Sewage treatment plant at the Worme Hofgemeinschaft in Handeloh


Decentralized purification plants are particularly suitable for remote farms and hamlets in country areas.


‘O’er seven stones the water flows,

’tis pure again, the farmer knows.’ This piece of agricultural wisdom may well no longer apply to the present day and the highly complex ways in which water is now polluted, but there is a grain of truth in it: water is able to purify itself. Nothing has changed here. But cities have long since had to say goodbye to giving sewage the time and space to purify itself. They have ultimately arrived at narrow-mesh sewerage net­works and treatment plants, via the intermediate stage of evil-smelling sewage farms. This is a hygienic but very expensive method of getting rid of the daily quota of faeces.

Since the early 1990s, country p...