313_Iago Blanco and Daniel Valle: Water Pavilion

Iago Blanco and Daniel Valle from Spain — “I am a young architect from Spain, graduated at the European University of Madrid. I did this work while I was in the university for an international competition in Yeosu, South Korea, with Daniel Valle.”

Website: http://www.danielvalle.com

University: UEM

Professor(s): Daniel Valle

Instagram Username: @danielvalle_architects

Project Name: Water Pavilion


The proposal for the Water Pavilion explores various water principles and the translation into an architectural experience. The notion of fluidity, buoyancy and constant change are principles for our proposal. The pavilion stands between a submerged and emerged level –as submarines do- defining a sensible state of equilibrium between dry and wet.

The project invites all visitors for a walk towards the ocean. The visual effect created, seems like walking directly over the ocean, aims to represent the real risk that many coastal areas around the world will face by the rise of the ocean level consequence of global warming. In order to become visible and referential to the visitors, it is proposed an icon made of water. At the end of the access plaza, a hole provokes the free fall of the water. This creates a cloud of water vapor and the sound of a cascade.

Flexibility: Mobility; The proposal for the Water Pavilion does not have foundations. The pavilion is understood as a boat and therefore it has the flexibility of any other ship, so it could remain on its original location or travel around the region.

Hydraulics: The Pavilion is at the same time a hydraulic machine system which allows manifesting various configurations in relationship with the water. By filling in deposits of water distributed along the structural body the pavilion can gain or lose weight and therefore raise or lower its level with the water surface. The project also includes a water purification system that allows transforming salt water into fresh water. Consumption of energy is reduced to the minimum thanks to an efficient cooling and insulation water system. Solar panels and micro turbines on the cascade collaborate to generate the energy needed for the pavilion.