hugon kowalski: watertower skyscraper
mar 09, 2010
hugon kowalski: watertower skyscraper


‘water tower skyscraper’

the conflict over water and land in sudan has created political unrest for decades.
however, in 2007, scientists from boston university discovered and underground
lake in the region of darfur, sudan. this lake is tenth biggest lake in the world (31, 000 m2)
and would have great potential in resolving the conflict if managed correctly.

addressing this water issue, polish architect hugon kowalski from H3AR architect and design
recently proposed a building that allows access to underground waters through the application
of water pumps. the form of the building was inspired by a water tower and also by the symbol
of the african savanna – the baobab. the building houses water pumps, a treatment plant but
also a hospital, a school and a food storage center. this building is meant to provoke economical development but also stimulate cultural exchange and the coexistence of the three different
religions and languages in sudan.

the design proposal was part of the 2010 skyscraper competition hosted by evolo magazine

the building walls are constructed using compressed dry stacked clay bricks, made on site
using a rough mixture of earth, cement and water. the bricks would be baked in the hot
sun, thus, requiring no extra energy and limiting the environmental impact of the materials.
the choice of using this technology represents the desire to introduce alternative and
sustainable technologies within a context that is tied to stardardized though not always
optimal building practice.


school housed with the skyscraper


‘watertower skyscraper’ model


‘watertower skyscraper’ model detail


‘watertower skyscraper’ model detail


‘watertower skyscraper’ model detail


aerial site plan of three towers, scale 1:1000


sectional view, scale 1:250



the space in each tower is dedicated to a different function ranging from water/ food, health and education


water treatment steps

two water circulation processes would be in place. first set of extracted water is meant
to heat or cool the building, and is accessible to the users. second, set of extracted water
is used for the building itself (i.e. kitchen, toilets).

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