water inspired architecture

With all the rain in San Diego, I was inspired this morning to share some of my favorite buildings that were inspired by, or around, or to enhance the experience of water. Here are 10 inspired designs to start your week:

1. Water Temple, by Tadao Ando in Japan. The Water Temple is the residence of Ninnaji Shingon, the oldest sect of Tantric Buddhism in Japan, founded in 815.

2. Guggenheim Museum, by Frank Gehry in Spain. Inspired by the industrial working shipyards, Gehry’s design reinvigorated the City of Bilbao to become one of Spain’s biggest tourist destinations.

3. Water Cube, by Peddle Thorp Walker in Beijing. Designed by Australian Architects PTW, the Water Cube was built to house all aquatic events for the Beijing 2008 Summer Olympics.

4. The Moses Bridge, by RO&AD Architecten in the Netherlands. Inspired by the biblical story of Moses parting the Red Sea. The bridge can’t be seen from a distance because the ground and the water come all the way up to its edge. When you get closer, the fortress opens up to you through a narrow trench. You can then walk up to its gates like Moses on the water.

5. Embassy1414, by Pauly De Bartolo & Paolo Salotto (for Marchese Partners) in San Diego (unbuilt). Designed in 2005 as a luxury condominium project, this design was a response to the commonality of being water cities between our home City of Sydney & the City of San Diego. Approved by the CCDC, this project remains unbuilt.

6. IAC Building, by Frank Gehry in New York. Gehry once said that this building was design to look like an iceberg floating down the adjacent Hudson River.

7. Danish Pavilion, by BIG in Shanghai. Danish Architect Bjarke Ingel’s used the iconic sculpture of the ‘Little Mermaid’ as a centerpiece of his Danish Pavilion at the 2010 Shanghai Expo. Relocated from Denmark, the piece represented the literary relationship of Danish Writer Hans Christian Andersen in the Chinese education curriculum.

8. Falling Water, by Frank Lloyd Wright in Pennsylvania. The home was built partly over a waterfall on Bear Run in the Mill Run section of Pennsylvania. One of FLW’s most beautiful works & a Historic Designated Landmark.

9. Fish Sculpture, by Frank Gehry in Barcelona. Gehry is very much inspired by fish. Not only do they appear in his buildings, he created a line of jewelry, household items, and sculptures.

10. Water Cathedral, by GUN Architects in Chile. An installation artworks by young Chilean Architects. The Water Cathedral is a large, horizontal urban nave for public use. The structure is made up of numerous slender, vertical components, which hang or rise like stalactites and stalagmites in a cave, varying in height and concentration. The project incorporates water dripping at different pulses and speeds from these hanging elements, fed by a hydraulic irrigation network.

all photos were sourced from Google Images. Enjoy the rain while its around in San Diego!

 

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