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Water Tower

Water Tower

Winner of the 1994 St. Paul Prize Competition, sponsored by the St. Paul Chapter of the American Institute of Architects.

 Water Tower

Water Tower

The 1994 St. Paul Prize Competition asked participants to design a water tower for Barrett, a small town in Northern Minnesota that has a history in the logging industry. The project is a theoretical investigation of architecture.

Although the competition’s program emphasized the town’s history as an important part of its identity, this water tower proposal suggests a break from history and attempts to create something unique and fresh. It suggests the idea that Barrett can be a town with both historical context, and a place free of that as well. This proposal suggests something new, something exotic and bizarre, and something with new life.

Strangely, the exterior shell, or exoskeleton of a water tower’s reservoir has a fascinating kinship with the exoskeleton of a beetle, and the long slender supports of a water tower aren’t so unlike an insect’s long spindly legs. For this project, reinterpreting the forms, details and materials of a water tower through the forms and imagery of a beetle and other insects resulted in a unique, and eccentric expression.

 Beetle Exoskeletons

Beetle Exoskeletons

 Water Tank Exoskeleton Studies

Water Tank Exoskeleton Studies

 Water Tank Exoskeleton Studies

Water Tank Exoskeleton Studies