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).

comments policy
login with designboom
designboom's comment policy guidelines
generally speaking, if we publish something, it's because we're genuinely interested in the subject. we hope you'll share this interest and if you know even more about it, please share! our goal in the discussion threads is to have good conversation and we prefer constructive opinions. we and our readers have fun with entertaining ones. designboom welcomes alerts about typos, incorrect names, and the like.
the correction is at the discretion of the post editor and may not happen immediately.

what if you disagree with what we or another commenter has to say?
let's hear it! but please understand that offensive, inappropriate, or just plain annoying comments may be deleted or shortened.

- please do not make racist, sexist, anti-semitic, homophobic or otherwise offensive comments.
- please don't personally insult the writers or your fellow commenters.
- please avoid using offensive words, replacing a few letters with asterisks is not a valid workaround.
- please don't include your website or e-mail address in your comments for the purpose of self-promotion.
- please respect jury verdicts and do not discuss offensively on the competition results
(there is only one fist prize, and designboom usually asks renown professionals to help us to promote talent.
in addition to the awarded designs, we do feel that almost all deserve our attention, that is why we publish
the best 100-200 entries too.)

a link is allowed in comments as long as they add value in the form of information, images, humor, etc. (links to the front page of your personal blog or website are not okay). unwelcome links (to commercial products or services of others, offensive material etc. ) will be redacted. and, ... yes, spam gets banned. no, we do not post fake comments.

2010 skyscraper competition (13 articles)

product library