Competition proposal, 2nd prize
Permanent gives a dignified, restrained but playful form to one of society’s most important infrastructure projects: to give all citizens the conditions for a decent life through access to clean water. A simple gesture, a sculptural, undulating white envelope forms the core of the project. The façade has a clear and easily legible abstract design while opening up for citizens’ own interpretations.
The archaic form is an expression of permanence and reliability, while the play of light and shadows over the peaks and valleys of the surface set it in a state of constant change. In this way, the building becomes like a sundial that reflects the course of the day and the year.
The reservoir is located on a terraced landscape that is held together by winding retaining walls. The terraces that are formed between the walls recreate a stylized form of the barren landscape on the site consisting of pines, blueberry rice and large boulders. The new reservoir has a large scale and the proposal has been given a design that creates a visible and clear landmark at a distance while also meeting up with surrounding landscapes and buildings through a refined but simple design language both in the facade detailing and in the landscaping.
Permanent is a concrete building with a refined industrial character. The climate shell is inscribed in a circle with a diameter of 47.6 meters and is divided into 62 2.4 meters wide and about 20 meters high prefabricated concrete elements. The height of the elements is sufficient to cover the underlying structure and to be visible from a distance above the trees and gives the building a balanced proportion between height and width. The circular shape creates a space between the cistern and the climate shell that is generous at the entrances and narrows to 1.2 meters at the narrowest passage.