Renowned Architects Reimagine The Humble Water Fountain [Pics]
These stunning structures use Turkish design principles for a greener streetscape.
Whether you refer to it as a drinking fountain, water fountain, or bubbler, this essential bit of street furniture, once neglected, is receiving renewed attention as the call for proper hydration persists in the sweaty summer months and a push to reduce bottled water consumption is underway in many communities. Most recently, the city of London held a kiosk design contest, enlisting six world-renowned British architecture firms to design water fountains with fresh aesthetic and community-building aspirations. One of the stated goals of the project, which was organized by the Architects' Journal and Turkishceramics, was to envision ways to reduce the UK's annual consumption of 13 million water bottles. However, these six designs promise to accomplish much more, for one thing incorporating a design imported from distant Turkey.