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HOW | House of Water

HOW

TREDJE NATUR designs a collaborative platform presenting new solutions to future water challenges. House of Water displays the most advanced technologies from over 60 companies in the water sector, in a hybrid landscape that merges water, technology, and architecture. The house highlights Denmark’s position as a globally recognized water-hub, and creates a shared public space, bringing the community together around new knowledge, technologies, and solutions.

Project information
Responsible Partners: Ole Schrøder and Flemming Rafn Thomsen
Design Team: Johan Kure, Christian Kuczynski, Sofie Mandrup Andreassen, Anna Sissela Michalsdotter, Bartosz Swiniarski, Manabu Yamaya, Mónica Galiana, Jakub Włodarczyk, Joan Melgaard Rasmussen, and Agnete Schimmell Raakjær
Client:  Pia Klee v. DWFRethink WaterState of Green
Collaborators: LiftedWe Love People
Project period: 2012 – 2014
Project: Building hybrid
Type: Commission

 

House of Water is a visionary idea for a new water attraction potentially located in the Copenhagen harbor, helping to brand Denmark in relation to water. The House of Water combines typologies of Danish landscapes with Danish water technology. A series of exhibitions focusing not only on technology, but the importance that water plays in our lives, creates a learning landscape through sensory phenomena. The House of Water aspires to bridge the gap between understanding nature and the Danish solutions that can help to better manage our resources.

In 2050 the Earth’s population is expected to grow to over 9 billion people. This leads to additional resource requirements, among others, in relation to safe drinking water, food, and waste. At the same time, it will lead to more urbanization and urban sprawl. In this new paradigm, urban architecture mobilizes new types of communities in recreation and resource awareness. House of Water is a suggestion for a holistic building that connects the public with new solutions and basic knowledge of how everyday life is associated with global urbanization challenges.


“Water is essential for all living things – even in the city! By making and integrating the city’s water solutions in our strategies, we create both magical experiences and a variety of pragmatic potentials. Utilizing water creates potential for meeting places that are rich in experience to strengthen the cohesion and thus the sustainability of the city.”
– Flemming Rafn Thomsen, Founding Partner in TREDJE NATUR


HOW? – A LEARNING LANDSCAPE!
With the world’s longest coastline per capita and a landscape shaped by the last ice age, water has always been fundamental to how Danes live in the world. Nature has always been a prerequisite for the development of our knowledge and the creation of our technologies. We call it a learning landscape. A landscape where the world learns about what we are good at and where we can learn how to even better help other nations with their water challenges. HOW is a Copenhagen demonstration landscape with a global scope, presenting the fundamental premise that water is essential for all life. 70% of the earth is covered by water, but only 2.5% of this amount is freshwater, and less than 1 % of this water is available for humans, animals, and plants. In the future, it will really be a battle for the one percent. Explosively growing populations, greater prosperity, and urbanization will cause the demand for clean water to increase dramatically even before the next ten years. According to the UN, the world’s water consumption will be 30 percent greater in 2030, and ‘business as usual’ will consume approximately 40 percent more fresh water than is being replenished.

COMMUNITY MARKETPLACE FOR WATER
Water should be a strong pillar and a significant element in Denmark’s green brand. House of Water develops a strong platform for international branding and marketing of Danish water expertise. The activities of the House were developed in collaboration with some of the best creative minds in the field, with the goal to redefine water through innovative approaches.

Behind the Rethink Water-initiative eare more than 60 companies, utilities, and organizations linked to the Danish water sector and the City of Copenhagen. The initiative is part of the State of Green, Denmark’s official green brand. The project is supported with over 1 million dollars by the Marketing Denmark Fund under the Business and Growth Ministry.

SEVEN MEETING PLACES
Water is essential for all life. Based on an interpretation of Danish landscapes, TREDJE NATUR creates an inviting waterscape. That we sense we remember. Therefore, the phenomena of nature and Danish geological history inspire the presentation of information and knowledge about water.

TREDJE NATUR proposes a landscape wrapped around a central water reservoir – symbolizing a drop of fresh water in a sea of salt – thereby making visible how clean water is both a scarce and valuable resource. A landscape of seven unique meeting venues folds


around the reservoir. Here, curious people meet and create new shared knowledge through their encounters with water and architecture. In effect, the water industry becomes the driver for ‘green’ and ‘blue’ change. The Copenhagen harbor baths and the North Sea’s endless dune landscapes. Denmark’s Northern Zealand dead-ice landscape, Amager Fælled’s wetlands, and Møn’s cliffs of limestone. The seven locations in the House of Water are composed as part weather phenomenon and part landscape typologies. This creates a number of richly experiential showrooms where the technologies of tomorrow are demonstrated.

– China is faced with some enormous challenges, which we in Denmark are experienced with. We are in fact among the World’s best to come up with solutions that can minimize water loss or clean polluted water. China is investing on a scale that is almost unimaginable. They have an ambition to invest one billion Danish kroner in water technology every single day and Danish companies should profit the most from this. – Kirsten Brosbøl, Environmental Minister.

A THOUSAND WAYS TO GET WET
AN URBAN WATER LANDSCAPE
House of Water offers a thousand ways to get wet, and a thousand tales of water in the city. House of Water is a place to meet, a place to explore, and a place to create new knowledge. The house creates an inviting landscape, where the unique Danish understanding of technology is demonstrated to visitors encountering water in various forms. Port of Copenhagen is world renowned for its clean water, so the house’s curved surface provides generous access to the sea. The main freshwater reservoir collects rainwater, which is heated by waste heat, allowing the House of Water to support a year round bathing season. The house’s surface is covered with active limestone that cleans rainwater naturally. Thereby, the house is participating in making Copenhagen a more natural, healthy, and sustainable city.

ROOM 1 – LOBBY
The lobby is the public gathering place in the heart of the House of Water. The descent is via the central circular ramp in the middle of the house. Excess rain water from the reservoir creates a cascading water curtain that fills the lobby floor with a thin film of water. Curious visitors are invited to ‘walk on water ‘ in a kaleidoscopic compartment that provides access to the house’s many levels. It also offers visitors a steamy soup kitchen serving urban farmed oysters, fish, and seaweed from the harbor.

ROOM 2 – WATER RESOURCES
Providing enough fresh water for a growing population and increasing industrial production, is a critical issue in many countries. Climate change is affecting global rainfall patterns and water distribution. Since there is approximately 100 times more groundwater on Earth than fresh surface water, it makes sense to utilize groundwater as a source of water. In many parts of the world, especially in arid or seasonally dry regions, groundwater can provide a stable and sustainable source of high quality water. Actually, some countries still rely on witch doctors to find water. Denmark utilizes new airborne technology to locate groundwater from the sky.

ROOM 3 – URBAN WATER
Cities are growing. Today’s urban population of 3.2 billion will rise to nearly 5 billion by 2030, by which time three out of five people will live in cities. Added to this, many cities face additional pressures of rising sea levels and extreme weather events, bringing with them the risk of flooding and droughts. In dry periods temperatures may rise even further, due to the urban heat island effect. The integration of water solutions with urban development is a way to reintroduce water as an asset in urban living. By working with natures principles, Denmark brings inspiring water experiences to the city as we climate adapt the urban fabric.

ROOM 4 – INDUSTRIAL WATER EFFICIENCY
The availability of water will be a critical issue in the future, and the cost of water will rise. With higher living standards and a global population predicted to reach 9 billion people in the next few decades, the demand for water will increase significantly. The House of Water aims to make indirect water use visible. Nearly three-quarters of total water consumption in the world relates to the consumption of food and drink, and the United Nations has estimated that before 2030, water consumption will rise by 30 percent. Therefore, the water footprint of food products will garner more attention from consumers, and become more present on political agendas in the near future.

ROOM 5 – WATER SUPPLY
Copenhagen has very little water loss, but in many countries a mind-blowing percentage of fresh water is lost on its way to the consumers. Globally, this loss amounts to a magnitude of 25 to 50 percent of the total distributed water. For the water utilities facing an increased demand for water, an important gap to close is the considerable difference between the amount of produced and distributed water, and the volumes billed to the consumers. This difference is known as Non-Revenue Water (NRW) or urban water losses. The causes are inaccurate billing and metering systems, deteriorating water distribution infrastructure with high levels of leakages, too high water pressure, reservoir overflow, flushings, and illegal connections.

ROOM 6 – WASTE WATER
By controlling the waste water, we can restore the city’s harbor water and create new urban aqua farms of oysters and fish. Treating waste water is energy intensive, but waste water is an energy resource on its own. Strict environmental regulations have forced companies in Denmark to think differently and develop new water efficient technologies. An outstanding example is in the primary production of salmon, a fish highly valued in many countries. Intensive recirculation technology in salmon farms, means that salmon are now reared using only 250 liter of water per kilo of fish with a minimum of wastewater. This compares with 50,000 liter per kilo with traditional circulation technology, which often pollutes the surrounding water. This salmon breeding technology is now used in Chile, Canada, and Russia and will shortly be used in the Gobi desert in northwestern China, close to Mongolia, where it rains only 50-100 mm (2-4 inches) per year.

ROOM 7 – WATER TECHNOLOGY
The House of Water showcases the normally hidden technologies in a fairytale-like setting – bringing back the magical fascination of cutting edge technology. For decades, Danish food and beverage industries have shown their skills in developing new products and increasing production, despite facing rising water rates and stricter disposal regulations. The demand for water in urban water supply varies widely throughout the day and even over the course of the week. One of many positive results is the ability to control water supply pumps, thus reducing water leakages.

A RECREATIONAL DISPLAY WINDOW
By combining Danish companies’ highly developed knowledge of water technologies, with the creation of new recreational blue spaces, Denmark can showcase a demonstration landscape for sustainable water technology. The direct experience and opportunities this technology creates for recreational activities will strengthen the branding and know-how of this industry. At the same time, the useful and recreational blue urban space is a reminder for us Danes about the invisible consumption we have of the world’s scarce water resources – not in the form of a lecture, but by making it clear that in Denmark we can actually make a difference here and now.

Global investments in water and water technology have reached a level that is three times greater than the wind industry. The worldwide water market grosses hundreds of billions of dollars annually, and will surely grow along the increasing demand for clean water. There is, therefore, an enormous growth potential for the development of sustainable water technology, and Denmark is becoming a frontrunner. The ambition of the water industry, politicians, architects, and other stakeholders, is to make Denmark a focal point for the development of intelligent sustainable water technology solutions.

THE INVISIBLE CONSUMPTION
In Denmark we are lucky. We have access to vast reserves of clean groundwater and are therefore not dependent on having to clean surface water, as many other countries. Despite this, we are still responsible for the unsustainable use of water – consumption which for us is invisible, but creates major problems in other parts of the world. The overuse is “hiding” in a number of consumer goods we import from abroad. This external water consumption represents 62% of our total consumption, meaning Danish water consumption exceeds the water resources we ourselves possess. Therefore, in Denmark, we are also dependent on other countries’ water resources to sustain our current lifestyle.

The major culprit is the production of food, which accounts for up to 80% of the world’s water consumption. Calculations show that a person consumes 100-400 liters of water per day, while production of the daily amount of food for the same person consumes between 2000-5000 liters of water! The production of a single egg can be used as an illustrative example of the huge water consumption in food production – it takes 450 liters of water


Recent Work

VISITOR CENTER NATIONAL PARK MOLS MOUNTAINS

TREDJE NATUR has created a proposal for the new visitor center at National Park Mols Mountains. The design of the new visitor center is based on the motions in the landscape

URBANPLANEN STAGE 2

Based on the human and natural qualities and resources that already exist in "Urbanplanen", TREDJE NATUR has planned the final piece of "Urbanplanen"

SVANEMØLLENS BARRACKS

TREDJE NATUR have created a new masterplan for “Svanemøllens Kaserne” with an understanding of the areas special history as its starting point

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MÅLØV CIRCLE

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KRONLØBSØEN

In the heart of Nordhavn lies the historic port of Copenhagen, Kronløbsøen. A new island rising from the harbour as an alluring mirage

NEW SPORTS HALL AT GREVE GYMNASIUM

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GUSTAVSBERG NATURE CITY

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TREDJE NATUR and C.F. Møller wins The Future Sølund. Along with Bascon, Transsolar and Smith Innovation they draw and the project a realization.

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BRIDGE IN SYDHAVNEN

TREDJE NATUR have designed a proposal for a new pedestrian and cyclist bridge in Sydhavnen

CLIMATE TILE

TREDJE NATUR’s Climate Tile want to teach the world how to walk on water. In the cities adaption process and escalating density we need to rethink the individual elements

REDMOLEN TIP

TREDJE NATUR wins ambitious project on Nordhavn's best building site. On the tip of Redmolen surrounded by water on three sides, a prestige building and urban space is now in the making. 

CBS CAMPUS

CBS in the city - The city in CBS! Our dogma is about developing CBS as a campus that is integrated into the city

GREEN CLIMATE ADAPTION

TREDJE NATUR continues to build on the Copenhagen climate adaption plan, and joins the water investment with new strategies for nature, life and community in the city. 

ENGHAVEPARKEN NOW

THIRD NATURE won the climate and transformation competition for Enghaveparken! See how we have made space for 24.000 m³ cloudburst water in the park, that is in the process of becoming a preserved park. 

VINGE

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THE BATTERY III

TREDJE NATUR's plan revives the Battery Area with green and blue elements as the central values in the neighborhood. A connecting corridor in the project becomes the neighborhood’s new hub.

CLIMATE ALLEY

We see the flowering of an artistic, scientific, socially diverse nature-city, in a tactile society where opposites are aggregated in the city’s neighborhoods.

AN EXTRODINARY CLIMATE CITY

TREDJE NATUR won 2nd place in the Middelfart Climate City competition, along with Entasis and Grontmij.

HOW | House of Water

TREDJE NATUR designs a collaborative platform presenting new solutions to future water challenges

BBA Public Swimming pool

Tredje Natur wishes to re create the Frederiksberg-esque atmosphere by transforming the BBA property to a contemporary town common 

ALMEGÅRD BARRACKS

Our winning proposal for the development of Almegård Barracks is based on a holistic, local concept where the main transformative force is found in the individual users and inherent qualities of the site.

New North Zealand Hospital

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NÆSTVED BIOMASS PLANT

The team’s approach to the assignment is based on the anatomy of the work and the site. By weaving the segments together, we create an interesting and varied building

WOLF LAND

Among the 76 submissions, Third Nature is the winner of the National Art Foundation’s open film competition. ‘WOLF LAND’ shows society’s balancing act between the everyday and the apocalyptic

HVIDOVRE HOSPITAL

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NEW ROOTS

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RED GATE

Tredje Natur has designed two pedestrian bridges to Vestvolden. 

City Center Cloudburst strategy

TREDJE NATUR has created a vision for stormwater management in Copenhagen's city center

BBA

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Common square and apartment block

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From school to common ground

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Bright blue visions

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Urban Ravine

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City In Nature

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Cultural Center at Østerbro

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THE FIRST CLIMATE DISTRICT

The climate district in Østerbro shows the climate adaption of the future and the development of the existing city. 

ILB Potsdam

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Reservoir

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Urban Space

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Bruns Herred

The planting strategy for Humlebæk South aims to fuse several methods from the danish tradition of  building in harmony with the landscape. 

St. Kjelds Neighborhood

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Recent Work

VISITOR CENTER NATIONAL PARK MOLS MOUNTAINS

TREDJE NATUR has created a proposal for the new visitor center at National Park Mols Mountains. The design of the new visitor center is based on the motions in the landscape

URBANPLANEN STAGE 2

Based on the human and natural qualities and resources that already exist in "Urbanplanen", TREDJE NATUR has planned the final piece of "Urbanplanen"

SVANEMØLLENS BARRACKS

TREDJE NATUR have created a new masterplan for “Svanemøllens Kaserne” with an understanding of the areas special history as its starting point

URBAN CARPET – NEW STATION IN LUND

The station at Klostergården is a visionary infrastructural project that shows how the construction of a new station can lift up and rethink an entire neighborhood in a city

MÅLØV CIRCLE

With our winning proposal Måløv Circle we have drawn a clear strategy for how to approach the continuous development of the town

KRONLØBSØEN

In the heart of Nordhavn lies the historic port of Copenhagen, Kronløbsøen. A new island rising from the harbour as an alluring mirage

NEW SPORTS HALL AT GREVE GYMNASIUM

TREDJE NATUR’s proposal for the new sports hall at Greve gymnasium is a multifunctional area. The idea is to invite the users into a place of many types of activities

GUSTAVSBERG NATURE CITY

TREDJE NATUR has together with C.F. Møller and Rambøll come up with a new holistic vision for a close sustainable Gustavsberg from the basis of the place’s original and forgotten nature.

THE FUTURE SØLUND

TREDJE NATUR and C.F. Møller wins The Future Sølund. Along with Bascon, Transsolar and Smith Innovation they draw and the project a realization.

THE ISLAND OF THE CITY

Papirøen has a unique placement in at the inner part of Copenhagen harbour. There is a lot of potential on this prime location setting the bar high on the subject of Copenhagen future city- and nature developments.

BRIDGE IN SYDHAVNEN

TREDJE NATUR have designed a proposal for a new pedestrian and cyclist bridge in Sydhavnen

CLIMATE TILE

TREDJE NATUR’s Climate Tile want to teach the world how to walk on water. In the cities adaption process and escalating density we need to rethink the individual elements

REDMOLEN TIP

TREDJE NATUR wins ambitious project on Nordhavn's best building site. On the tip of Redmolen surrounded by water on three sides, a prestige building and urban space is now in the making. 

CBS CAMPUS

CBS in the city - The city in CBS! Our dogma is about developing CBS as a campus that is integrated into the city

GREEN CLIMATE ADAPTION

TREDJE NATUR continues to build on the Copenhagen climate adaption plan, and joins the water investment with new strategies for nature, life and community in the city. 

ENGHAVEPARKEN NOW

THIRD NATURE won the climate and transformation competition for Enghaveparken! See how we have made space for 24.000 m³ cloudburst water in the park, that is in the process of becoming a preserved park. 

VINGE

Vinge is not just inspired by nature, it is a city which works with nature’s processes and creates nature.

THE BATTERY III

TREDJE NATUR's plan revives the Battery Area with green and blue elements as the central values in the neighborhood. A connecting corridor in the project becomes the neighborhood’s new hub.

CLIMATE ALLEY

We see the flowering of an artistic, scientific, socially diverse nature-city, in a tactile society where opposites are aggregated in the city’s neighborhoods.

AN EXTRODINARY CLIMATE CITY

TREDJE NATUR won 2nd place in the Middelfart Climate City competition, along with Entasis and Grontmij.

HOW | House of Water

TREDJE NATUR designs a collaborative platform presenting new solutions to future water challenges

BBA Public Swimming pool

Tredje Natur wishes to re create the Frederiksberg-esque atmosphere by transforming the BBA property to a contemporary town common 

ALMEGÅRD BARRACKS

Our winning proposal for the development of Almegård Barracks is based on a holistic, local concept where the main transformative force is found in the individual users and inherent qualities of the site.

New North Zealand Hospital

An open and natural hospital. Our proposal offers a modern hospital where the landscape meets the demands of the academic and social community.

NÆSTVED BIOMASS PLANT

The team’s approach to the assignment is based on the anatomy of the work and the site. By weaving the segments together, we create an interesting and varied building

WOLF LAND

Among the 76 submissions, Third Nature is the winner of the National Art Foundation’s open film competition. ‘WOLF LAND’ shows society’s balancing act between the everyday and the apocalyptic

HVIDOVRE HOSPITAL

In this project the team aims to improve the connection between the sensory, natural, the functional, and the technological to vitalize the surroundings that will have healing properties. 

NEW ROOTS

Holbæks Green Arena is a vision for the health facilities in Holbæk Municipality. 

RED GATE

Tredje Natur has designed two pedestrian bridges to Vestvolden. 

City Center Cloudburst strategy

TREDJE NATUR has created a vision for stormwater management in Copenhagen's city center

BBA

Tredje Natur wishes to recreate the Frederiksberg-esque atmosphere by transforming the BBA property to a contemporary town common

Common square and apartment block

Straume's city planning has a unique possibility to start off on the right foot. 

From school to common ground

The Green Climate Neighborhood of Bagsværd's prepares the city for increased rainfall, while adding new recreational opportunities.

Bright blue visions

Tredje Natur and PK3 think Copenhagen’s Harbor should be a lively, accessible, productive and recreational area in the city.

Urban Ravine

Sverre Fehn of Kongberg had the philosophy that only through manifestation of the contemporary can we get the past on the table. This was the motivation behind the proposal. 

City In Nature

‘City in Nature’ is TREDJE NATUR’s proposal for the design of the residential buildings and other buildings of the planning competition ‘City in between’ in Aalborg East.

Cultural Center at Østerbro

The Culture Center’s placement at Kildevældsparken activates the space between park and building

THE FIRST CLIMATE DISTRICT

The climate district in Østerbro shows the climate adaption of the future and the development of the existing city. 

ILB Potsdam

The vision is a bank that can generously contribute to its surroundings with a new type of urban park. The team’s proposal for the ILB Potsdam’s new headquarters will fuse with urban life, terrain, and nature. 

Reservoir

The city is flooding!  Three cloudbursts in 2011 caused approximately 5 billion kroner worth of damage to the buildings of Denmark. The climate is changing rapidly.

Urban Space

The city is becoming over grown!  The St. Kjelds Neighborhood has wide open spaces and has impressed the world with its homogeneity, spacious streets with long views and small village-like. 

Bruns Herred

The planting strategy for Humlebæk South aims to fuse several methods from the danish tradition of  building in harmony with the landscape. 

St. Kjelds Neighborhood

St. Kjelds Neighborhood has a unique possibility to avoid the type of development where inspiration is drawn from the celebrated neighborhoods, rather than looking inward to its own qualities.