A compact panel, integrated in urban architecture, designed to harvest water

Brand: Studio Sway

Applications: Panels can be applied on building facades, as well as used as free standing elements in public space. 

Aquatecture is a compact and aesthetic water harvesting panel to be installed as a facade panel on buildings or as free standing elements in public spaces. Aquatecture is designed to collect falling rainwater as it trickles over the open punctures of the panel. The water that is collected is transported down to a collection tank and pumped back into the building’s grey water system. When integrated with technology, it also has the ability to condense water vapor from the atmosphere. Aquatecture makes water harvesting both visible and engaging. 


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