Best of #water

Seen as inspiration or as a healing landscape: discover the best stories about our first element.

A vital and essential part of us: a precious element which is unceasingly becoming rare in most parts of the world. Rivers, lakes and seas are the cradle of civilizations and keep on challenging new built environments, mezmerizing art expressions and radical proposals for the future of humanity. Read here the best stories on water. 

– In his video Chang Kyun Kim releases a river that has been forced into severe concrete platforms, in a human attempt to control nature. Now that LA is getting dry, new scenarios will bring it alive.

Located in Voss, Norway, Tintra Footbridge has been designed by Rintala Eggertsson Architects, featuring corten steel and wooden floors, walls and ceilings.

– At the Noordsvaarder – in the northern part of The Netherlands – Marc van Vliet built an installation that changes with the tide, revealing different aspects of the landscape.

– Clouds Architecture Office and SEArch conceived an inflatable structure that incorporates in situ resources and uses ice as radiation shielding and as a structural component.

– Artist-made vessels, creative expeditions, dramatic tragedies or alternative communities at the see: the Parrish Art Museum will show works created on water by contemporary artists.

– The inner garden of a house for the elderly in Vienna was made ‘accessible’ by bringing water up to those residents who cannot move, in a coreography by mischer’traxler.

On the quiet banks of the river Leie, Ghent, Flemish studio Govaert & Vanhoutte Architects designed a single family house for an oldtimer enthusiast, bringing back a luxurious and leisure Mid-Century style.

– Designed to enjoy the peaceful shores of Lac des Piles in Canada, the two wooden volumes by Atelier Pierre Thibault are anchored against a gentle slope, with an inner courtyard delimited by the forest.

– First created fifty years ago in 1966 for the 33rd Venice Biennale, the installation by Yayoi Kusama at the Glass House in New Canaan, Connecticut, is made of 1,300 floating steel spheres.

– In Eliasson’s installations at Versailles displacements and destabilisation modify the perception of the spaces, inviting visitors to become active participants in the reality that surrounds them.

Top: Swoon, Swimming Cities of Serenissima, 2009. Floating performance and installation. Photo Tod Seelie 

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