The Dutch have a rich and innovative history of coping with the fact that most of their country lies below sea level. So it’s not surprising that Delft-based design studio DP6 went all out in their proposal for a campus for companies specializing in water technology in Leeuwarden. They came up with a three-story pedestrian-oriented building with a skin made out of foil that looks like water drops and harvests energy.

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The most intriguing part about the building is its facade that looks like a wall of water droplets. Not only can it modify the interior temperature, but it also literally harvests energy. “The façade is a direct reference to water droplets,’ says DP6 architect Chris de Weijer. ‘It will be made of a clear foil that is both sustainable and fully recycled.”

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In addition to generating power for the building, the facade is also meant to act as a cooling mechanism and be a smart water capturing system that will direct storm water to the water bodies in the surrounding site.

DP6 submitted this design as part of a competition and won third place. It is not intended to be built in the near future.

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Via Frame Magazine