Architecture

Water pipes collect water in pavilion

A Pavilion from water pipes? Who needs something like that for? The city of Rotterdam. The artwork has a message: it demonstrated sustainable water management. Not only at home, but in the past few weeks also the Scots.

The Pavilion is a water machine that captures rainwater, whose Fluss regulated and used the water for the vegetation. If it’s dry out there, the architecture tells the water cycle and if it’s raining, then party in the Pavilion.

Water pipes collects water in pavilion
This pavilion consists of 2,400 rain pipes and collects water. Photo: Rotterdamwatershed

Somehow, the fabric feels like an inverted and then leafy organ. There are just 2,400 used and recycled PVC, gutters, that protrude diagonally into the Interior of the pavilions and support so the organ outfit. However no sacred music make this rain gutters, but they collect the most important of all the foods: water.

Pop-up buildings as art project

The Pavilion is an art project of the city of Rotterdam, which was built in the context of the pop-up cities Expo 2016 in the Scottish city of Edinburgh from June 21 to July 17 in the city centre on a paved square. The basic idea of this architecture Festival is to design pop up buildings with an area of 5 m x 5 m, where creative, innovative design ideas to implement and to draw the attention of the public.

Water collect and slow and controlled release

This time also the Office of Doepel Strijkers from Rotterdam was at the start. And presented the Pavilion Rotterdamwatershed, whose Außenseite is shaped like a barn. The tubes are sawed off at an angle, so that a smooth skin with a sponge-like structure was created. Plants close half of varying length 2,400 rain gutters and give the construction so its Green appearance.

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Every second downpipe is landscaped. Photo: Rotterdamwatershed

The other half of the pipes is equipped with dampers from the inside. And as a result, that this first to collect rain water and release it slowly and controlled in the Interior of the Pavilion.

Atmospheric lighting in the dark

There is a small lake formed in the course of time depending on the rain offer. For the visitors of the watershed is the ability to cross the water. To some fixed stone platforms were integrated in the Pavilion, so that one can change the pages dry foot.

In the evening and at night it is atmospheric in the watershed Pavilion: then, energy-saving LED lamps light the installation with a sky full of stars.

1,500 liter rain water collected in two months

In Edinburgh, it rains about 60 mm statistically in the months of June and July rainfall, distributed over 20 days. During the exhibition the Rotterdam Pavilion will have captured rain water up-to 1,500 litres.

Visitors to the Pavilion can go well above water
Visitors to the Pavilion can go well above water. Photo: Rotterdamwatershed

The architects have built parallel to the Pavilion, a digital infrastructure. There will be shown how the city of Rotterdam is dealing with water management and solutions for the future of the cities are listed. Also the Pavilion in Pavilion in Edinburgh will live on. He he returns to Rotterdam and is newly installed. He is one day finally removed all materials can be reused and fed back into the material cycle. Nothing is lost.

Warka water
Warka water: The water harvest tower was awarded with the world design impact prize. With this design projects will recognize every two years, providing a social added value. Photo: WDC Taipei 2016

The towers of networks called Warka water collecting on three types of water from the air are already awarded: collecting rain water, catch fog droplets, and harvest for condensation. You should improve the supply of drinking water in countries such as Ethiopia.