thinktank and the life aquatech: water generative design
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sep 10, 2013
thinktank and the life aquatech: water generative design

thinktank and the life aquatech: water generative design
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investigating the behavior of fluid to generate a water-based tectonic structure, ‘thinktank and the life aquatech’ project by students at the architectural association school of architecture in london, shifts from a regular air-based building system to a water-based one. mediating between the architecture’s interior and exterior, the design is based on human comfort levels – particularly in regards to the building’s temperature. self-regulating thermal properties are achieved through the facility’s ability to hold and distribute water within the structure. by contouring the surfaces, the form’s shape derives from its requirement to collect water, while at the same time making it more structurally sound. a fiberglass shell stores the moving fluids in a soft and expandable silicone membrane, resulting in a direct fusion between the building’s aesthetic and its performance.



‘showreel – thinktank’
video courtesy of thibault rolando



‘thintank and the life aquatech’
video courtesy of thibault rolando



plaza entrance



market entrance



internal view market



internal view restaurant



water cooling glands in restroom



the 1:1 prototype



physical model



system layering diagrams 



water cycle diagram



water contour lines



site context



project info:


aadrl: armando bussey-solleiro, edward luckmann, vichayuth meenaphant, ana margarita wang-zuniga
tutor: rob stuart-smith



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