Toppilansaari Park in Oulu

Tangentially staggered paths accompany the rainwater in swales on its way out to sea. Connection plazas have clear wall elements which give the 'flowing park' an anchor and space for relaxation and play. The park 'flows' over the street crossing and thus has priority Few, apart from the Finnish, know where Oulu is. A town tucked away at the furthest reaches of the Baltic Sea, just 160 kilometres south of the polar circle, it is not the sleepy stop-over one might expect. World leaders in mobile...

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. The revolutionary water and cooling system reduces the need for costly technical systems and shows the way for building cooling systems of the future. The building cooling system is connected to the outdoor water system via a heat...

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Even when frozen over in winter, the water provides an interesting context for the architecture. Everything comes together here active life, prestigious architecture and a filigree pattern of water features that contain in fact just collected rainwater. Overall plan of the Potsdamer Platz site with urban water features Flow simulation analysing how the water acts within the geometry of the pool. This made it possible to optimise the most effect locations for the inlet and outlet points. Flow...

Rainwater management in Krems Business Park Austria

Constructing a swale system between parking spaces Gaps in the kerb allow rainwater to run off the streets into the grassed swale alongside and seep away there. Infiltration via open joints in the pavement 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...

Sonnenhausen estate in Glonn

The magnificent historical Sonnenhausen estate was given a water garden for rainwater management and to purify waste water. It is part of the little park. Rainwater is collected from the roofs of the building and fed into the water cycle via sweeping channels and fords. Land art objects as viewpoints above the water garden Water running round a fireplace - elemental contrasts in the closest possible proximity Pulsating water movements appear in the flowforms, aerating and activating the water...

Tanner Springs Park Portland

The floating pontoon is the ideal setting for performances in the park. The floating pontoon is the ideal setting for performances in the park. The sustainable water concept entails the collection of rainwater from adjacent streets and other paved surfaces. Cities are expanding worldwide. Natural spaces such as forests, meadows and wetlands are being consumed and displaced. Quietly and permanently, an insatiable appetite for land is destroying the living spaces of sensitive wild animals and...

Interior courtyard of an old peoples home in Stuttgart

Water glides softly through stone channels, makes a pleasing sound in little waterfalls then disappears again among the aquatic plants. The sound brings a sense of magic to the space, and life into the old people's home. The natural stones have been treated artistically, the gliding wave structures swirl like pennants. For people who like to have greenery around them the Nicolaus-Cusanus-Haus in Stuttgart offers an internal space with a lot of plants, thus bringing nature even to those who are...

Solar City Linz

Where the delta of the Traun feeds into the Danube, a new city has been built, lying close to a belt of sensitive wetland wood. This new city has optimal local public transport connections to Linz. Overview plan of Solar City with the new bathing lake and the existing wetland wood Overview plan of Solar City with the new bathing lake and the existing wetland wood Resolving the conflict between city and nature is a major design theme of the master plan. Excellent and convenient play and relaxing...

Water phenomena in the Gelsenkirchen cooling tower

A transparent platform for spectators. The use of light and water is carefully calculated, and here the individual phenomena and phases are being staged. Suddenly the old wooden gutters under the platform are flooded. Veils of mist and vapour in the light. Here we are able to see the relationship between the ways in which air and water move. Veils of mist and vapour in the light. Here we are able to see the relationship between the ways in which air and water move. Natural processes are...

Watercourse at Herne Sodingen Academy

The water disappears down into the depths. The water disappears down into the depths. forming obstacles that produce interesting currents. The watercourse ends in the 'Depths', a triangular pool in which the water only seems to seep away. In fact 40 centimetres of water remain in it, and the water that flows in is pumped back from here to the pools in the Academy building. Herbert Dreiseitl sees these 'Depths' as a sculpture, rather than as a working pool of water. On one side visitors stand...

Fountain sculpture in Immenstaad

Stillness and moving reflections - the sculpture fountain directly by the shore of Lake Constance Design sketch The sculpture was cast in bronze. Design sketch The sculpture was cast in bronze. 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...

Exemplary water management at DWR Headquarters Amsterdam

For a dyke control and sewerage utility company in Amsterdam, expectations are high in regards to the stormwater management of its own sites, plants and buildings. DWR Amsterdam intended to meet and exceed these expectations with the design and construction of its new headquarters on the River Amstel, setting an example for excellent water practice. The new building is fronted by a large water basin, with one of the two high-rise towers propped directly above the water. The basin is...

The Pearl of Hangzhou water garden Hangzhou

The planned water garden has a romantic radiance paired with sustainable water technology. The planned water garden has a romantic radiance paired with sustainable water technology. Evocative and romantic, West Lake by evening light. The Pearl of Hangzhou is a precious water pearl on the shores of the famous West Lake. First impressions from the exit of the pedestrian tunnel a lively, sparkling water cascade. The fine-tuned water systems of the cascade and water plaza permanently circulate and...

Heiner Metzger Plaza Neu Ulm

The participation of school children from design to construction is the key to the success of this project. The participation of school children from design to construction is the key to the success of this project. The plaza design springs from the idea of creating different use zones as islands. There are islands for rest and for activities under the trees. The hard, urban plaza edge is turned to the street where the fountain is both a highlight and a screen against passing traffic. On many...

The Scharnhauser Park in Ostfildern

The original barracks and the topographical structure. Topography and urban structure of the area Even a one-in-100-year storm event was handled without problem. Barracks architecture traditionally has little in common with the quality of life. The buildings are arranged and developed from a purely functional point of view, and people are not intended to feel particularly at home. And at the time the people who commissioned them were scarcely concerned to address the ecological consequences of...

The climate in the Nuremberg Prisma

Queens Botanical Garden Dreiseitl

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. 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...

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 Here you can hear water -a musical fountain enlivens the foyer of an hotel in the Swiss Jura. Cups are mounted off centre striking the long bronze rods as they are filled and tip over. This produces ground tones with harmonic series, and the bass notes are reinforced by resonating plates set on fine bearings. The musical fountain with trickling water forms...

Conversion of Fornebu Airport Oslo

The plaza at the lake is a playful and central meeting point for the new town. The plaza at the lake is a playful and central meeting point for the new town. Thanks to a network of park systems, rainwater is conveyed in open green swales from the different housing estates to the central lake. Thanks to a network of park systems, rainwater is conveyed in open green swales from the different housing estates to the central lake. Generally, when one thinks of Norway, an image of endless natural...

Rainwater for the bears in Zurich zoo

The water is purified in the reed beds, which are bound into the overall design by a walkway. These waterfalls are part of the water cycle, and the purification beds reduce the proportion of fresh water needed dramatically. Even though they are a long way from home - at least the water and the rest of their immediate surroundings should be right for the bears in Zurich zoo. The first zoo was established 4,000 years ago at the imperial court in China with a few exotic animals, followed 2,300...

Integrated water design for ING Bank Amsterdam

South of the historical city centre is the development zone 'Zuidas. A new office tower designed by the architects Norman Foster and Partners is to be built. A low cascade between the two towers and a soft wetland zone are highlights of this urban water surface, otherwise surrounded by buildings. An ingenious rainwater management strategy incorporates detention and reuse of collected rainwater A low cascade between the two towers and a soft wetland zone are highlights of this urban water...

Rainwater management in Coffee Creek Indiana

Without their craving for new things, without their inventiveness we would probably still not drink Coca-Cola, not put on baseball caps, would still pay cash at the petrol station and write our books and articles on typewriters. Americans enjoy their extravagant lifestyle, but inevitably come up against barriers from time to time, and are thus constantly looking for ways round them. For example, the United States has come perilously close to an abyss with its settlement policy. There seems to...

Open space for a residential development in Ittigen Berne

The water sculpture in winter the frozen work of art plays with the frosty light. on their sides, and there are also concrete shapes that the water flows through as gliding and deflecting slopes. At the edge of the steps leading down to the so-called arena, curved concrete channels are built in, and the water falls from these in a phased rhythm, flowing on to the fountain sculpture in a straight line and returning from there to the source point. If there is a great deal of rainfall, surplus...

Housing estate Arkadien Asperg near Stuttgart

The squares and pockets of public green are spaces for winding down and creative play for adults and children. The squares and pockets of public green are spaces for winding down and creative play for adults and children. Because of the high housing density, there is little space for surface retention and infiltration of the site stormwater. Consequently, rainwater is collected in cisterns under the houses and re-used for washing, toilet flushing and garden watering. Western Europe is starting...

Rainwater retention on the Kronsberg in Hanover

The 'slope avenues' under construction the stream is fitted with sheet seal. Regulating devices are built into the retention lips. This means that the outflow can be varied and the retention frequency controlled. We heard a great deal about the Kronsberg - before and after Expo 2000. But when the bulldozers have finally moved away, perhaps it will only be the local residents who find their way up this 43 metre hill. Which would be a pity. Whatever else happened, the Kronsberg development was...

Watertraces in Hannoversch Mnden

The lighting design generates always new perspectives in the water. The lighting design generates always new perspectives in the water. People wonder about the source of major rivers from time to time. And there are some that do not have a source at all. The Weser, for example. It seems that it got its name because people could not agree whether the river should be called the Fulda or the Werra from the point at which they meet in Hannoversch M nden. This town, now called Hann. M nden for...

Daylighting of Alna River in Holalokka Oslo

The newly daylighted river Alna is followed by a footpath, which in part has pergola niches for lingering and enjoying the river The newly daylighted river Alna is followed by a footpath, which in part has pergola niches for lingering and enjoying the river Right after the official opening, local residents claimed the park as their own and take particular delight in being able to go for a refreshing swim Right after the official opening, local residents claimed the park as their own and take...

The Lanferbach at Schngelberg estate in Gelsenkirchen

Sch Ngelberg Gelsenkirchen

Formerly a sewer with sheet-pile walls, the Lanferbach now runs by the Schungelberg estate in a leisurely fashion. Overflow of one of the overgrown infiltration swales Overflow of one of the overgrown infiltration swales The steps by the bed of the stream invite people to stay for a while and play. An old brick wall was used for their construction. The steps by the bed of the stream invite people to stay for a while and play. An old brick wall was used for their construction. Most of the...

Restoration of Emscher river Ruhr Valley

Emscher River

The Emscher today - simply an open sewage channel The Emscher today - simply an open sewage channel Industrial regions such as the Ruhr Valley, one of Europe's biggest industrial conglomerations with a population just under 4 million, have decidedly improved the level of affluence and comfort of our Western civilization. In many incidences, this industrial improvement has been at the cost of the environment and natural resources, and many healthy rivers have been sacrificed along the way. 100...

The water system in Berlins Potsdamer Platz

Question after question cropped up on the top of the red Infobox in the middle of Potsdamer Platz, and deep abysses opened up in front of it. Colourful hard hats moved as though on invisible strings, and so did the lorries, full or empty after they had tipped their loads out, divers poured the cellar foundations into the groundwater at night, coloured piping ran to and fro over streets and excavations, cranes raised and lowered everything that was needed inside and outside, up there or down...

Water playground in Pforzheim

Children like asking questions, and sometimes they ask a lot. Adults don't always like explaining things, rarely do it vividly and sometimes not at all - if they don't know the answer. This is why children's playgrounds exist. They can look for things to do there, set themselves problems and work out how to solve them. Water is always on the move, creates a path for itself, comes to the surface, collects, seeps away -and raises questions. How does water come to the surface, why does it flow in...