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Zaha Hadid Among Six Firms Picked to Design Fancy New Water Fountains for London
Zaha Hadid Architects have created a fountain that features an extended canopy to provide shade for any pedestrians who decide to stop and take a drink of water. “Traditional Ottoman fountain kiosks became meeting points, gathering places for a community to connect,” said project architect Saffet Kaya Bekiroglu.
Studio Weave proposed a more colorful alternative, which has been described as “Watering Poles” that not only have room for plants, but also provide visual cues as to where passersby can get free water. “In marking points around the city from which free drinking water can be collected, the Watering Poles also create wayfinding markers and new informal gathering spots for London,” explains co-founder Maria Smith.
Many of the other proposals incorporate similar ideas into their designs, for example Eric Parry Architects have put forward an design that would act as a literal kiosk that doubles as an independent newsstand. Hopkins Architects designed a structure that also provides people with a place to take refuge and converse with others.
The hope is that the fountains will not only stand as landmarks across the city and give people a place to meet, but also put a dent in the 13 billion bottles of water sold each year in the UK. Organized by the Architects’ Journal and Turkishceramics, the competition’s designs will be on display at the Building Center in London from 21 February to 14 March, 2014.
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