Category New Waterscapes

New Park Concept for Queens Botanical Garden, New York

New Park Concept for Queens Botanical Garden, New YorkПодпись: World cultures are an intrinsic part of New York City's borough Queens. Public workshops engaged local residents playfully and contributed to the overall park concept. Water experiments made participants more sensitive to design issues. Подпись:New Park Concept for Queens Botanical Garden, New YorkNew Park Concept for Queens Botanical Garden, New York

Our societies are becoming more and more complex. But in the urban homogeneity and anonymity of the melting pot, is there space for true identity?

Queens is a New York City borough topped and tailed by New York’s two busy airports, JFK and La Guardia. There are 142 officially registered spoken languages in the borough. Ethnic richness is readily visible in the bustling high street, a world market of faces, fruits and foods. Queens Botanical Garden is much beloved by local residents. It offers a quiet corner for morning Tai’ Chi, beehives for a Russian bee keeper, facilities for a Korean flower exhibition and a romantic setting for an elaborate Hispanic wedding. Its general state of dilapidation was completely unreflective of its significance to local residents.

Queens Botanical Garden off...


Wind – and water-wheel in Owingen


Wind - and water-wheel in Owingen

Water from the roof flows through a channel to a wind – and water-wheel, where it sets the wheels in motion.


The fact that rain is necessary but can be abominable often makes people feel that it never comes at precisely the right time. We feel similarly about wind, unless we are wanting to go sailing or fly a kite. Children usually see this diffe­rently. Wind and weather mean change to them. A lot of things emerge or start to move that weren’t there before, or were standing still.

Herbert Dreiseitl wanted to make something positive of wet and stormy weather with his rainwater-wind device in Owingen, a small town in the hinter­land of Lake Constance. The artwork has been at the extended primary and secondary school since the year 2000...


The climate in the Nuremberg Prisma


The whole roof area of the complex feeds directly into a water cistern.


The glass building creates a pleasant atmosphere within the city centre. Waterwalls and luxuriant vegetation create a healthy atmosphere full of natural light.


When architect Frank Lloyd Wright built the famous ‘Fallingwater’ house in the hilly countryside of Pennsylvania he had one thing above all in mind: he wan­ted to blend the building into the lands­cape of woodland, river and rock. He produced a masterpiece that over­whelms visitors mainly because of the way the torrent rushing under the build­ing is handled. Here water does not just help to balance the climate in the house. You can see it in brick-lined pools, on smooth rocks when it rages into the basins in the natural stone...


Water is universal

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to gravity. And this actually does occur at first. But after a very short time the thread of water changes its course: it starts to swing rhythmically to the right and left, producing a meander­ing trail of water that changes constantly. Rivulets, streams and rivers form these meanders, leave loops behind and reshape their banks. Entire landscapes are shaped in this way.

Different structures like pools, channels or vessels offer themselves for experiment. Flexible, changeable materials like clay or sand are particularly suitable for studies of this kind.

If you wish to determine the inner movements of a body of water, you need to add fine particles or dye...


Open space for a residential development in Ittigen, Berne

Revolutionary concepts for housing estates are a thing of the past. Out­standing examples of co-operative housing estate design, in which archi­tecture and the planning of open space complemented each other in graceful moderation, are now listed monuments. Building firms operate on different premises from those of 100 years ago. But the desire for community, for contact between residents, is still the same as ever.

A bronze sculpture in the Berne ‘Im Park’ estate is an impressive confirma­tion of this. It stands at the centre of a paved circle in a round pool 25 metres in diameter, and points up to the light with three columns about five metres high. Water streams and patters play­fully over the curved collar from one column to the next, then falls into the pool...


Integrated water design for ING Bank, Amsterdam


One can compare the flow of money to the flow of a river. The Dutch bank ING commissioned Foster and Partners to design their new administration buil­ding, named Vivaldi, in the new admini­stration and services quarter ‘Zuidas’, on the southern outskirts of the historic city of Amsterdam. A blessing and a curse, Amsterdam has been confronted with realities of water since the city’s very beginnings. Even in a booming business district, water is not just a symbol of dynamism, freshness and life, but a source of very real challenge for today and the future. Management and exten­sion of the city’s artificial ditch and dyke system is essential to control the ground water level and stabilize building foun­dations.

ING envisioned their new building being cutting edge in every sen...


The new town square in Gummersbac


Gummersbach is the chief town of its district, Oberberg, which it runs with creditable efficiency: the economy flour­ishes. The prosperity of this town of 50,000 inhabitants 50 kilometres east of Cologne has been on a solid basis from time immemorial. A small-scale, balanced mixture of industry, trade, agriculture and services has always pro­duced – to express it positively – self­confident people. But this had unfor­tunate consequences for the central Lindenplatz in the 1960s. In an act of bold self-overestimation, examples of medieval timber-frames, classicism and Jugendstil were all pulled down and replaced with dreary progressive build­ings completely surrounded by concrete slabs, everything grey on grey. And life gradually disappeared from the town centre...


Watercourse at Herne-Sodingen Academy


The Emscher Park International Building Exhibition was held between 1989 and 1999, in an area bounded by Kamen in the east and Duisburg in the west, Recklinghausen in the north and Essen in the south. It was also a ten-year celebration of structural change in Europe’s largest industrialized area.

This entire region in the heart of Ger­many was celebrated as an incomplete work of art that will in fact never be finished. Birches and poplars climb up the peaceful slag-heaps. Most of the pit-head gear has come to a standstill, and only a very few of the chimneys are still belching smoke. Printed circuit boards for computers are soldered here now, and scarcely any steel girders are welded. The acclaimed Emscher Park IBA ended on 1 October 1999...


Water features in an hotel foyer near Neuchatel


Spring water from the hill­side trickles over a block of natural stone. It seeps through planted pools before flowing into the hotel foyer.


Water is scarce in karstic areas. And this is also the case in Montezillon, a small town above Neuchatel in the Swiss Jura. This is where the L’Aubier hotel and restaurant and its adjacent farm­land and sales outlet are to be found, with a panoramic view over central Switzerland as far as the Alps. The old auberge and the buildings in the court­yard were rebuilt from the foundations a few years ago and have been run on modern environmental technology ever since – this extends from solar hay dry­ing and an integrated combined heat and power plant to using rainwater for all the toilets and washing and cleaning facilities.

The wh...


Town hall square, Hattersheim


basins. Herbert Dreiseitl had the basins cut to the millimetre from granite blocks, after developing and testing the movement of the water in his studio in clay and plaster models on a scale of 1:1. The slightest departure from the ideal form would mean that the water would not run as wished in its figure-of – eight pattern based on John Wilkes’ flow principle, which is intended to be remi­niscent of a human pulse.

From the lowest step, the water falls on to the granite paving of the market­place, runs under two five-metre squares and then reappears in brick basins.

It then becomes a plaything, with a straight brick edge on the market place side and a curved one on the catering side, broken up with blocks of stone.

Here the water plunges under the paving again to re-emerge...