Sumit Singhal loves modern architecture. He comes from a family of builders who have built more than 20 projects in the last ten years near Delhi in India. He has recently started writing about the architectural projects that catch his imagination.
Water Brand in Manila, Philippines by Hartness Vision
January 7th, 2012 by Sumit Singhal
Article source: Hartness Vision
Located in front of Manila City Hall, the proposed project by HartnessVision integrates “water branding” into the landscape architecture of a Maynilad water distribution facility. The site is organized around 3 programmed, landscaped axes (nature, access, amenities) in which pedestrians have priority. The presence of systemic infrastructural strategy and notions of environmental stewardship permeate the design language.
The expression of water-channeling and healthy clean water resources play important roles in the concept. Via its references to rural water management techniques, natural resources and civic architectural minimalism, the project (and of course the client) is aligned to a more public sphere of utility.
When it rains the buildings become playful interactive sculptures. The new roof configuration allows for water collection and retention as well as climate control. “Entertainment water”, having traveled through chutes and cascades, arrives in rain gardens, further used to water plants, wash service vehicles, or flush toilets. All-glass enclosures mark access points and provide infrastructure for cooling thermal chimneys.
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