The Acqua Viva rainwater collection system is made up of a series of spiraling Flowforms that collect rainwater and send it into storage vessels. The terracotta flowforms and vessels are designed to be hung on a series of cables, where they capture rooftop runoff and allow water to cascade down through each form. Flowforms encourage the water to act in a natural way, spiraling and falling into beautiful egg-shaped vessels. The water is stored for use to water nearby plants and can be accessed via a spout at the bottom. When there is too much water for the vessel, water spills out over the top and flows down through more flowforms and into the next vessel.
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Acqua Viva: Sculptural Hanging Rainwater Collection System
by Bridgette Meinhold, 12/07/10
This beautiful rainwater collection system by Mexican designer Araceli de la Parra consists of a series of sculptural "flowforms", which encourage the natural movement of water by channeling it into eddies and vortices. A set of flowforms and water storage vessels are attached to a building via cables and to sit below rain gutter spouts, collecting water runoff and storing it alongside apartment balconies to irrigate plants. This beautiful design, called Acqua Viva, treats water as a precious resource by channeling it with a stunning system.
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