With the events and experiences over all these years, everyone across the world is now concerned about climate change and environmental conservation. Among various alternatives by different people around the globe, Nuru Karim's idea of the Rain Water Catcher tower is one of the most stunning introductions. While it's one of the best examples of modern world ideas working towards climate change and related matters, there's a lot you would love to know about it.
Nuru Karim of Mumbai-based NUDES has proposed this design for one of the iconic towers in San Jose, California. Advocating the need for water conservation, this tower design is focused on reducing the existing carbon footprint with net-zero principles.
This tower design is an excellent collaboration of sensory experiences of water and motive of water conservation considering the effects of climate change. It is rare that we see conservational attempts in such iconic and innovative forms. Moreover, the rain water catcher tower is said to have a sacred relationship with its site and the Guadalupe River. There are various historical contexts related to everything that people may be interested in unfolding.
In a talk, Karim said that the iconic tower is sited in close proximity to Silicon Valley and was open to collaborating with them for technological advancements and other issues related to water conservation like creating awareness, purification, and remote monitoring.
How Does It Work?
The design has been initiated to catch and transport the rainwater into a safe pool connected to a tank. The tower is an 'inside-out' construct, focused on the idea of place-making. It has a 60.96 m high central space, which subsequently creates a sizeable assembly space inside. These interiors can be used for hosting various local events, especially the ones that address prevailing climate-related and social matters and foster interactions. Further, there are many other objectives of the place, including its experimental attempts to recognize more detailed aspects of human senses, including touch, sight, smell, and sound through learning, discovery, dialogue, and reflection.
Based on its concept, the design of the rain water catcher is algorithmically derived from fluid, flowing lines and geometrical concepts that bring up the interlaced pattern and feature the tower as an extension of the surrounding landscape. Cutting edge digital designs and optimization tools have been used to bring the idea to reality through sustainable methodologies and minimum wastage.
Within the interiors of the tower installations, there's a shallow pond for water collection. The cascading tapering creates a shield against it to prevent the water from getting evaporated or the other effects of solar radiations entering the central voids. While the shallow pond stores and distributes the water, there's a large tank installed below it. Karim explains that everything was designed considering safety for all age groups and let the viewers get enticed by the tactile experience of water. The shallow water bodies visible on the exterior are actually sheets of water covering the main water reservoir.
The Rain Water Catcher has become an ideal in the world of advancements alongside environmental protection. Being a stunning creation, it is expected to attract a lot of visitors too. It would be one of the best examples of water conservation for the world, and there is obviously a need for more ideas and executions like this one.