The Role of Water in Architecture


Somehow water always seems to sneak into buildings. It finds a way and gets in. All it needs is less than a mm gap to penetrate the building. Constantly challenging an architectural work’s ability to provide perfect shelter. Not only an architect must beautifully defy gravity but he also has to beautifully deal with the hostility of different properties of matter such as water.

Water is patient it will wait and eventually find a mm or less to get in and start ruining aspects of functionality within the building. A builder or an architect essentially challenges nature telling her that she didn’t do a good enough job in providing shelter for humanity. He engages in a hopeless battle between nature, where he might find short term successes but in the long term he is most destined to be defeated.

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