A Collecting Water System.


The Warka’s water harvesting technique and construction system are inspired by several sources. Many plants and animals have developed unique micro and nano-scale structural features on their surfaces that enable them to collect water from the air and survive in hostile environments. By studying the Namib beetle’s shell, lotus flower leaves, spider web threads and the integrated fog collection system in cactus, we are identifying specific materials and coatings that can enhance dew condensation and water flow and storage capabilities of the mesh. The termite hives have influenced the design of Warka’s outer shell, its airflow, shape, and geometry. We also looked at local cultures and vernacular architecture, incorporating traditional Ethiopian basket-weaving techniques in Warka’s design.

Design Team: Architecture and Vision – Arturo Vittori, Andreas Vogler.
Collaborator: Matteo Mazzero.

Project Assistants: Raffi Tchakerian,  Yogi Beeuwsaert.
Textile Design: Precious Desperts.
Supporters: McNeel Rhinoceros – Maxon.

Objectives: Collect rainwater, dewan fog.
Concept: Tower with a net, also serve as a social gathering point.
Prototype: 6 – version 1.5.
Location: MAXXI Museum – Exhibition, Rome, IT.
Materials: Rattan, ropes, metallic wires, PE-fabric.

Year: 2013

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