Can you live without water? Intake of water is essential for our survival, but is it an important element in our architectural designs?
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’.
Water features are well know in architectural landscapes but are becoming increasing popular in both indoor residential and commercial use.
Some examples of water features are; ponds, waterfalls, pools, fountains and waterfalls.
When water features are applied correcting to designs the result is;
- Enhanced aesthetics
- Passive cooling
- Home value
- Better air quality especially when used along with plants
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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.