Waterfall Towers Water Purification Facility by Nikolaos Karintzaidis

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DESIGN DETAILS
DESIGN NAME:
Waterfall Towers

PRIMARY FUNCTION:
Water Purification Facility

INSPIRATION:
By rethinking the dam in a country with the highest number of dams in the world, this proposal consists of the further development of the dam structure in the years to come, to a self-sufficient urban unit. The water tank is connected with a massive infrastructural complex, in order to implement a sustainable development strategy that will improve quality of life. The motion of water and wind forms the building. Architecture grows of the site, unfolds and develops as a unified organism.

UNIQUE PROPERTIES / PROJECT DESCRIPTION:
The three towers appear to evolve from the dam and develop a vertical topography on an artificial hill. The flow of water inside the building in combination with the atrium strengthens a linear airflow pattern following the venturi principle. Temperature of funneled air is furthered lowered through the contact with the stream and aligned with it. Air intakes draw cool air to the mechanical shafts and then distribute it through the main ventilation system.

OPERATION / FLOW / INTERACTION:
At the functional level the design exploits the huge tank of water in order to provide a solution for the cooling of the interior, combining it with integrated systems of energy production. Energy efficiency takes advantage of the enormous pressure of water created by the big reservoir and also of the gravitational force of falling water. Road network and infrastructure becomes an integral part of the complex as it runs through the top of the dam and connects the complex with the city.

PROJECT DURATION AND LOCATION:
Waterfall Towers is a winning entry of the Natural Systems Competition 2013 organised by d3 in New York.

PRODUCTION / REALIZATION TECHNOLOGY:
A continuous structural grid is apparent in the entire complex, underlining the vertical movement of the waterfall as well as the fluidity of water and air. Structural system is composed by the curved concrete surfaces of the dam that turn to form the sides of towers as well as a series of structural ribs. These structural vertical elements form the louvers that shade the building, the channels for the water flow for the bottom part of the towers and also they channel the air that reaches to the building top where the air turbines are located.

SPECIFICATIONS / TECHNICAL PROPERTIES:
The stream that runs inside the building overflows a tank and the falling water runs on the curtain wall of office branch in order to cool the facade during daytime. At night when visual communication is not required since the work areas do not operate, the flow of water increases creating a waterfall that produces energy on the hydroelectricity principle, making use of the height difference between the two waterways. The power station that is located on the base of the dam produces energy by guiding the water pressure to the turbine.

TAGS:
sustainable, wind, water, fluid, energy

RESEARCH ABSTRACT:
As the concept of the city today is distorted and stretched beyond precedent, the difference between the artificial landscape of the city and the natural landscape becomes even vaguer, altering our perception of how our future cities should form. In this context the ideal model of self-sufficient city should be based on the logic and principles of urbanism even for the design of a building, in order to be able to control something as large as the city and its development. Landscape, rather than architecture, is more capable of organizing the city.

CHALLENGE:
The strategy followed aims to the use natural resources and also promotes clean energy by introducing means that strengthen the way which human beings coexist in harmony with nature. With a view to the functional parameters of water through the conversion of it to other forms of energy, the purpose is to increase environmental awareness and enhance the harmonious development of the future city.

ADDED DATE:
2016-07-18 18:28:28

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IMAGE CREDITS:
All images belong to Nikolaos Karintzaidis.


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CLIENT/STUDIO/BRAND DETAILS
NAME:
Natural Systems Competition 2013

PROFILE:
Nick Karintzaidis is an award wining architect based in Dubai. He is interested in the pioneering research and design investigation. As an architect he maintains an active role throughout the design process, in the interrelated fields of architecture and design.

NOMINATION DETAILS

Waterfall Towers Water Purification Facility by Nikolaos Karintzaidis is a Nominee in Sustainable Products, Projects and Green Design Category.

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AWARD DETAILS

Waterfall Towers Water Purification Facility by Nikolaos Karintzaidis is Winner in Sustainable Products, Projects and Green Design Category, 2015 - 2016.



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