With water in such short supply these days it's important to educate the public about how precious it is - and that's exactly the purpose of the Water Museum in the Lanjarón municipality of Granada, Spain. Located at a breathtaking spot at the foot of the Sierra Nevada range in Granada, the project had to be completed on a small budget, so Juan Domingo Santos incorporated many of the site's existing natural features, materials, and buildings into its inspiring design. Comprising two main pavilions and a third exhibition space that together take up only 478 square meters, this is a meditative venue complete with orange trees and hydrological features that allows visitors to reflect on just how important it is to take care of the world's remaining water sources.
Known for its local crafts, honey, and medicinal water sources and situated near the entrance of the Sierra Nevada Regional Park, Lanjarón receives much of its water from the nearby mountains, making it a tempting spot for developers to build. The museum’s visionaries weren’t having any of that, though they also had to be frugal with their money. No problem! The architects managed to organize the new pavilions with existing watermills, what was once a public laundry, buildings that used to make up an abattoir, and existing irrigation infrastructure.
One of the pavilions consists of a square of orange trees, cutoffs of harvested eucalyptus trees, and a thin layer of water all housed in one of the only new constructions – a narrow 32 square meter wooden tower. The combination of shadow, scent, and water will bring the most hardened individual back in touch with nature. In addition to maintaining the ecological integrity of the Lanjarón river, given that a series of old watermills once stood here, this restoration project also has an archaeological dimension. We can hardly think of a more lovely way to pay our respects to the most important element in all of life: H20!
images via Fernando Alda
Via Arch Daily