Lluvioso Skyscraper Collects Rainwater And Replenishes Groundwater In Mexico City

Lluvioso Skyscraper Collects Rainwater And Replenishes Groundwater In Mexico City

Second Place
2021 Skyscraper Competition

Amit Deutch, Roni Dominitz, Tamar Kerber
Israel

The Lluvioso groundwater refilling facility is a mixed-use high-rise structure designed as a response to Mexico City’s variable water-related issues such as flooding, water shortage, and their side effects. The solution we examined in our project utilizes the high-rise altitude to gather rainwater and refill the city’s groundwater supply.

This field of high-rise structures spread out over the city’s flood risk areas, at a height of 400m, would harvest rainwater using an external membrane layer detaching from the building’s facade. The external layer consists of 10 wings, anchored to the main structure at a height of 100m in order to allow the city’s future vertical growth. Thus, resulting in a 600m diameter rain-water collecting Canopée covering a typical city quarter. The collected water would then be directed down into the aquifer as well as upwards towards a pendulum water tank (for self-use). This proposal seeks to reduce flood damage, fill the aquifer and enhance the water supply for the city’s residents.

The city’s first settlement was established on an island in the middle of a lake, where the water levels rose during the rainy season and partially flooded the island, which forced the Mexicas to develop a deep understanding of their surrounding waterscape in order to survive.

As the Aztecs learned to adapt to their environment we hoped to realize a proposal that co-lives with nature and doesn’t seek to tame it.

Lluvioso Skyscraper Collects Rainwater And Replenishes Groundwater In Mexico City Board 1
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