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"Waterstore" in Gouda [ projects, , public ]
Elastik is proposing a strategic ring of 10 locations on Gouda’s central city map, where visitors and local will be literally engaged with the town’s water elements, as much as for the recreation, leisure as much also for commercial and business purposes. All 10 water points are accessible by foot or by boat and are the new water interfaces for the daily use. At some spots in the monumentally protected town centre there are only water screening projections of the daily water quality, and elsewhere there is a water park for leisure and weekend recreation.
The focal point of the 10 water attractors is the Waterstore, located at the hinging point of the old and the industrial part of the town, at the crossing of the Nieuwe Veerstal and the Buurtje streets. The landscaped building is programmed to educate, to entertain, to clean and to communicate. It is a water storage and cleaning facility, which innovates the rainwater as a structural building material, while accommodating conference hall, office spaces, meeting and seminar rooms, restaurants and bars, rent-a-boat and small boat docking resources. The walls and the floors, performing as the visible water tanks, are responding to the daily water properties and communicating it back to the visitors and inhabitants of Gouda.
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Source: grAp, Gouda, 2008 Design Team: I. Kebel, M. Cimolini, P.Spacapan and F.Dech Sructure: structural watertanks , polycarbonate, glass and waterfog