Buildings that incorporate aquatic architecture are fairly rare in their own right. Finding a building that utilizes multiple aspects of aquatic architecture is rarer still.
Every once in a while, though, you’ll come across an idea that goes the full nine yards and includes as many different elements of H2O as it can. These floating power generators, for example, use the ocean to generate electricity in four different ways. You might think that adding a bunch of different water fixtures in a commercial or residential building would make the place feel more like a water park than an office or home, but I’ve found a swanky house that can prove otherwise.
This tropical abode, which is nestled among the dense, green wildlife of Koh Samui, Thailand, is what you get with aquatic architecture and the modern aesthetic collide. If you’re feeling pants of envy, don’t worry — I’m in the exact same boat.
The most obvious aquatic fixture of this pyramid-like home is the long, slender pool that stretches along the side of the building. The swimming pool provides a place to take a dip, which is nice and all, but you can tell by the pool’s close proximity to the house that it serves another purpose: temperature control. The water sucks up heat and leaves the surrounding area relatively cool, kind of like an all-natural air conditioning system. This home owner won’t have to endure high electricity bills during those sweltering Thai summers, though something tells me that he probably isn’t bothered by high utility bills, anyway.
It might be a bit hard to spot, but the home also utilizes natural water air conditioning indoors. Check out the lower left-hand corner in the picture below, and you should be able to spot a black, geometric stream of water flowing just outside of the window. That water will keep the nearby plants nice and healthy, but it will also create cooler air and thereby generate a breeze. Pretty neat, huh?
For the second aquatic fixture we’ll head up to the rooftop. Yep, the farmers behind Green Sky Growers’ aren’t the only people who have turned their rooftops into gardens. The pyramid-like portion of the building utilizes a terraced roof design that can collect and store rainwater, while the long, flat part of the house has an open garden. I’m no plant expert, but it doesn’t look like these plants are being grown as a source of food. My guess is that they’re just there to beautify the building with a few splashes of green. The garden on the flat part of the building seems to back up that hypothesis — the outside of the garden (the parts visible from the ground) has plant life while the middle of the garden looks rather neglected.
That’s two pieces of aquatic architecture, which is two more than most buildings have. I’m hoping that designs like this start catching on so that rooftop gardens and aquatic cooling systems stop being a brand of individuality and start being utilized because they’re just so incredibly useful.