GUN architects: water cathedral


‘water cathedral’ by GUN architects, santiago, chile
image guy wenborne; YAP CONSTRUCTO 2011, courtesy constructo
all images courtesy GUN architects

chilean-german practice GUN architects have installed the ‘water cathedral’ in santiago, chile, the winning design proposal from
the MoMA young architects program international, a collaboration between the MoMA in new york, MoMA PS1 and
chilean platform, constructo. the pavilion is a horizontal nave comprised of suspended vertical elements at various heights
and densities, naturally carving spaces. the slender, pyramidal components are made from fabric and concrete to mimic
stalactites and stalagmites found in caves.

supported by a minimal external steel framework, the inverted cones are suspended from a wire grid to capture rainwater
within a plastic bag. dripping at different pulses and speeds, water drops exit the textile covering to generate a cool atmosphere
for visitors beneath the canopy. stalagmites formed with concrete blocks double as benches, strategically placing individuals
below the streams of water.


entry
image guy wenborne; YAP CONSTRUCTO 2011, courtesy constructo


components are suspended from a wire grid
image guy wenborne; YAP CONSTRUCTO 2011, courtesy constructo


(left) concrete blocks placed below the stalactites
(right) upward view of canopy

images guy wenborne; YAP CONSTRUCTO 2011, courtesy constructo


canopy of fabric components reflecting within a pond
image guy wenborne; YAP CONSTRUCTO 2011, courtesy constructo


stalagmites serve as concrete benches for visitors
image guy wenborne; YAP CONSTRUCTO 2011, courtesy constructo


canopy
image guy wenborne; YAP CONSTRUCTO 2011, courtesy constructo


canopy detail
image guy wenborne; YAP CONSTRUCTO 2011, courtesy constructo


water dripping from a component
image guy wenborne; YAP CONSTRUCTO 2011, courtesy constructo


water drizzles upon the concrete bench below
image guy wenborne; YAP CONSTRUCTO 2011, courtesy constructo


open to the sky, plastic cones capture water and slowly release drops over time




floor plan / level 0


elevation


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structure and weight


systems layering


forms development


curves development


by design boom

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