Hydrologic Window



A CHOREOGRAPHY OF WATER AND LIGHT

CREATING COMPLEX LIGHT GEOMETRIES FROM SIMPLE WATER LENSES



HYDROLOGIC WINDOW

a new parametric facade system

In response to the rapidly increasing global, and particularly urban, need for clean water, locally recycled greywater is a fast and economically viable way to support existing infrastructures. By reinventing and exposing the process, we provide a subtle and enganging alternative to hidden mechanical structures of pumps, pipes and filters. The proposal is a window consisting of a series of compartments allowing for natural processes to remove impurities.The design aims to aid filtration processes as well as optimize material use and light conditions. Being combined with interlayers with properties like reflection, insulation and uv-transmission, the glass will support the water bodies as well as regulate the surrounding environment in terms of temperature and light.
Filling curved glass with water creates visual effects similar to those of solid glass. Over time, the visual qualities caused by the gradual changes of sunlight will generate a slowly evolving pattern of light.


RESEARCH ABSTRACT

Drinking water

In response to the rapidly increasing global, and particularly urban, need for clean water, locally recycled greywater is a fast and economically viable way to support existing infrastructures. By reinventing and exposing the process, we provide a subtle and enganging alternative to hidden mechanical structures of pumps, pipes and filters.

System

The proposal is a window consisting of a series of compartments allowing for natural processes to remove impurities. By learning from existing low-tech methods we can achieve a sophisticated process without depending on larger infrastructures.

Design

The design aims to aid filtration processes as well as optimize material use and light conditions. Being combined with interlayers with properties like reflection, insulation and uv-transmission, the glass will support the water bodies as well as regulate the surrounding environment in terms of temperature and light.

Architecture

Filling curved glass with water creates visual effects similar to those of solid glass. Over time, the visual qualities caused by the gradual changes of sunlight will generate a slowly evolving pattern of light.

Production

After designing the topology of the project according to the purification process, the window will be parametrically specified to respond to local sun conditions, water amounts and lighting effects desired. Models will be created by shaping and testing individual glass sheets over molds fabricated with CNC milling.


HACKING A WINDOW

By utilizing existing wall openings, we can benefit from natural sunlight energy to disinfect water.  Providing drinking water directly into the home saves consumers money, time and energy, and is a more direct way to relate to water. The water inside the window creates refractive effects as well as distorting what you see through the window.