Project Info

Field of Rains

Chihiro Isono, Yeqi Wang

Despite the ubiquitous nature of water, it exhibits unusual features difficult to detect in large quantities. Beyond its three phase states, water is fifty times as viscous as air and is among the most viscous of all liquids, exhibiting surface tension and cohesion that can be seen in small quantities like droplets and thin sheets.

This project introduces water into the built environment as a subtle, yet dynamic material that is central to the aesthetics of the project. Instead of elaborating the formal expression of the water through the definition of its containment vessels, this project tries to capture different the remarkable changing body of water afforded by its own viscosity. Water is introduced directly into the building, lingering on an applied pattern of hydrophobic concrete surfaces, and becomes a genuine architectural element with aesthetic, spatial and formal effects.

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