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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
all images courtesy of thinktank and the life aquatech

 

 

 

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

 

 

designboom has received this project from our ‘DIY submissions‘ feature, where we welcome our readers to submit their own work for publication. see more project submissions from our readers here.

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