– An Exhibition Building for the element water
by Sebastian Dolz
Feb. 12, 2012
The “water house” should raise or increase the awareness of the element water. A representative building with a fixed permanent exhibition, which deals with the regional and global water balance. Furthermore current water construction projects and new scientific knowledge about water could be presented in a temporary exhibition. Because of its special form the “water house” has got a certain symbolic value for the region. It could become a central meeting point for tourists, educational institutions as well as a location for science and research.
“Being as firm as a rock” – that was the basic idea for the design of the museum. A massive block in the water, which was formed by water in the course of time. The wet element processes the block, by flushing it form inside, thus creating interesting interiors. Water washed over it, so that various streams occur on the outer skin.
The volume developed from the theoretical analysis of the architectural topic of “transition”. The cubes shown below are part of the spatial modular considerations of this topic. Various transition options are analyzed, and the most meaningful are used. Since a geometric order is the basic concept for all bodies. They can be combined well each other and there are created playful interesting volumes which reflect the topic different ways. This is the base for the building structure, which is generated by switching between inside and outside, water and stone, the solid and the light as well as light and shadow an impressive harmony.
By entering it the visitors experience a staged approach. Illuminated thin “water curtains” in the area support the outer form. The reflections of the adjacent water areas create a light game on the walls and symbolize the constant movement of the water. The interior is created by layering of colored concrete, which has the effect as if these were soil layers. On the exterior facade, there is a jump between light and dark layers. Externally, the number and amount of dark layers are larger than in the interior. Thus, the external facade seems dark and the interior facade seems light. The glazing of the openings consists of large glass panels on which interesting reflections are produced.
The main topic of the exhibition is how to deal with the element water. The mere fact that a museum is concerned with water resources should make people thoughtfully. In the front part of the building there is a permanent exhibition, which deals with general facts such as the nature and the environment. In the back a temporary exhibition informs about the water as current construction projects can be presented to interested parties.
The aim is make the visitors aware of the importance of water in our ecosystem, and to analyzes the question of water use in different countries critically.
“Being as firm as a rock” – A massive artificial incurred block, left behind by man somewhere in a water-coated flat landscape, which will be gradually taken back by nature. Because of its special form the “water house” has a certain symbolic value and could become a central meeting point for those who are interested in the issue “water”.
Architecture student: Sebastian Dolz
University: West Saxon University of Applied Sciences of Zwickau
Professor: Prof. Dipl.-Ing. Tobias Wenzel
Semester: 2. semester MA/ 2010
Category: cultural building
submitted on 2012.02.07
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