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Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal
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.

DIGITAL WATER PAVILION 2008 in Zaragoza, Spain by Carlo Ratti Associati

 
September 13th, 2013 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: Carlo Ratti Associati

Designed for the Zaragoza Expo 2008, the DWP is not a project meant, like many others, to seduce the visitor by the sheer power of its architectural form. Its geometry could hardly be simpler: a rectangular shape in which two boxes are respectively devoted to an information point and a tourist centre. The challenge was to use water – the theme of Expo 2008 – as an architectural element.

Image Courtesy © Claudio Bonicco

  • Architects: Carlo Ratti Associati
  • Project: DIGITAL WATER PAVILION 2008
  • Location: Zaragoza, Spain
  • Photography: Claudio Bonicco, Max Tomasinelli, Ramak Fazel, Walter Nicolino, Guy Hoffman, Matteo Lai.
  • Client: City of Zaragoza and Expoagua Zaragoza 2008
  • Design team: carlorattiassociati | walter nicolino & carloratti, preliminary design with Claudio Bonicco, executive design with Matteo Lai
  • Consultants: MIT Media Laboratory, Smart Cities Group (William J. Mitchell, Director), Boston – interactive water wall concept, MIT Department of Urban Studies and Planning, CDD Group (Dennis Frenchman, Director), Boston – masterplan Milla Digital, MIT SENSEable City Lab (Carlo Ratti, Director), Boston – masterplan Expo Gateway, Arup, Madrid and London – engineering, Agence Ter, Parigi – landscape architecture, Studio FM, Milano – graphic design, Typsa, Madrid – site supervision, Lumiartecnia Internacional – water engineering, Siemens, Madrid – lead contractor

Image Courtesy © Claudio Bonicco

The walls are composed of digitally controlled water droplets, which can generate writing, patterns or access spaces. The result is a space that is interactive and reconfigurable in that each wall can potentially become an entrance or exit, while the internal partitions can shift depending on the number of people present. The only material elements are the two boxes and the roof, which is a sort of curtain that can move vertically and flatten to the ground removing the presence of the pavilion entirely.

Image Courtesy © Walter Nicolino

The DWP is without a doubt the clearest expression given up to now to the question that carlorattiassociati and the senseable city lab have been raising since early on: what architectural consequences should be drawn from the pervasive presence of digital media in the world that surrounds us?

The Digital Water Pavilion was TIME Magazine as ‘Best Project of the Year’ in 2008.

Image Courtesy © Walter Nicolino

Image Courtesy © Walter Nicolino

Image Courtesy © Guy Hoffman

Image Courtesy © Matteo Lai

Image Courtesy © Max Tomasinelli

Image Courtesy © Max Tomasinelli

Image Courtesy © Max Tomasinelli

Image Courtesy © Max Tomasinelli

Image Courtesy © Max Tomasinelli

Image Courtesy © Ramak Fazel

Image Courtesy © Ramak Fazel

Image Courtesy © Ramak Fazel

Image Courtesy © Carlo Ratti Associati

Image Courtesy © Carlo Ratti Associati

Image Courtesy © Carlo Ratti Associati

Image Courtesy © Carlo Ratti Associati

Image Courtesy © Carlo Ratti Associati

Image Courtesy © Carlo Ratti Associati

Image Courtesy © Carlo Ratti Associati

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