Water and Architecture
A very intriguing but complex topic to address in a few lines; what is certain since our first studies is that Architecture and water are almost inseparable elements of a project, often researched and often trivialized in its presence.
How we can define this curious relationship certainly is less clear to us, almost intrinsic in which it is difficult to understand whether we are working with water, on water, in water, or for water; perhaps this progression has also represented the evolution of the relationship between Architecture and water in history.
Undoubtedly, water has always represented a valuable element of enrichment in the project with which the Architect has always wanted to give a particular value, an element that the client has always wanted to emphasize its power, an element that has slowly become more and more discreet and that has formed an increasingly invisible link to the human eye with Architecture.
Water today is our most precious and irreplaceable asset, our “blue gold” that we cannot do without and that we find highlighted naturally in our landscapes or harnessed in our architecture. We could look at thousands of images of natural landscapes or landscapes transformed by the hand of man with the inclusion of architecture in relation to water, thus transforming them into a new agricultural or urban landscape; what we cannot see with as much ease and fad with the naked eye, however, is how water has become so important for sustainable development and for the future of mankind.
Blue gold can no longer be in our Architecture an element of distinction or affirmation of an aesthetic quality or power, but will have to come to terms with its presence as an element of added value in the field of environment, energy and resource; this is the new key between water and Architecture as a natural evolution of the history and quality of life that the built environment has always represented and that distinguishes the quality of our projects and the particularity of our role.
Since when do we impact water in the design.
We often do not think about the fact that already from our first gesture of pencil on the white paper, when we preliminarily approach our project, we have already made a choice about the value of water; an unconsciously natural gesture that then, however, will have to dwell on the value of water when developing the executive project with the choice of materials, with the development of the construction site, with the delivery of the finished work to the client who will use it and who will have to make the right maintenance to preserve its quality. Water is in those materials we choose and in its production process; water is in the building site that is used to construct the building: water is in the bioclimatic or plant choices; water is in the daily use of those who will live there.
From the very beginning of the design choices we have to ask ourselves how much of this water we can “not waste” in the life cycle of Architecture in its longer or shorter time and make it functional in each of its moments, this does not mean impoverishing our project, on the contrary, it means giving a value to each of its elements with intelligent and thoughtful choices, choices that go beyond the value of pure aesthetics.
Our clients of the future will be the younger generations who will look beyond the facade and beyond the first immediately visible skin, they will ask us what the second life of our project will be, and we will have to know how to give the right answers also and especially about water.
Water and the future
This is how the unbreakable bond between water and Architecture innovates to look to a different future without denying its history and evolution.
Thinking that everything is a child of its time is perhaps a mistake today; time, like water, is a precious commodity, let’s change the paradigm and start thinking about the future, a child of our time…we will miss time…we will miss water!———