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Can you live without water? Intake of water is essential for our survival, but is it an important element in our architectural designs?

Eclectic Entry by Milwaukee Architects & Designers Deep River Partners
Eclectic Entry by Milwaukee Architects & Designers Deep River Partners

Think of that feeling we get when the rain starts, or previously, the scents given off such as petrichor. The sounds made as the rain hits against the multitude of objects that can instantly make you feel relaxed and happier. Maybe, it is for this reason we are drawn to the beaches to hear the sounds of water as waves move, or the water crashes on nearby rocks delightfully tossing sprinkles into the air creating their own fireworks. On a silent day the waters lay peacefully giving us a chance to reflect. Or perhaps the excitement you feel when that first raindrop lands on you, well, maybe not so much if you’re walking on a way to an interview, but otherwise it is quite pleasing. In the words of Leonardo DA Vinci, ‘Water is the driving force of all nature’.

Contemporary Staircase by Portland Architects & Designers Alan Mascord Design Associates Inc

Contemporary Staircase by Portland Architects & Designers Alan Mascord Design Associates Inc

Water features are well know in architectural landscapes but are becoming increasing popular in both indoor residential and commercial use.

University of Cincinnati

University of Cincinnati

Eclectic Pool by Milwaukee Architects & Designers Deep River Partners

Eclectic Pool by Milwaukee Architects & Designers Deep River Partners

Waterfall in Dubai Mall -

Waterfall in Dubai Mall 

Some examples of water features are; ponds, waterfalls, pools, fountains and waterfalls.

The Carrara House by Andres Remy  Arquitectos

The Carrara House by Andres Remy Arquitectos

When water features are applied correcting to designs the result is;

  1. Enhanced aesthetics
  2. Ambiance
  3. Tranquility
  4. Drama
  5. Passive cooling
  6. Home value
  7. Better air quality especially when used along with plants
The Carrara House by Andres Remy Arquitectos

The Carrara House by Andres Remy Arquitectos

For information on the impact study of Blue and Green spaces click the guardian.

Montrose House by SAOTA

 

One of the most popular uses of water in design is Feng Shui to read much more about the practice, how it works and how to apply you may find more information here: Feng Shui Water Fountain: Relaxing Way To Pile Up Wealth.

Asian Entry by Burlington Interior Designers & Decorators Regina Sturrock Design Inc.

Asian Entry by Burlington Interior Designers & Decorators Regina Sturrock Design Inc.

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