„Water is the principle of all things; all things are created from water and all things return to water.“Thales of Miletus, 624 BC – c. 546 BC
Hydro.lab makes use of and celebrates the power and potential of water. Located at the Environmental Education Campus at Yosemite Falls in the Yosemite National Park (USA), this temporary research facility is conceived of as a multi-story public building whose modular platforms can be used in a variety of ways. Outlook stations, research offices, sleeping accommodations, classrooms for children and exhibition galleries might inhabit the lab’s interconnected units depending upon the time of day and the time of year. The lab’s temporary structure hangs directly in Yosemite Falls and gives visitors the rare chance to experience the properties of water at close proximity. The lab aims to foster the development of new symbiotic relationships between nature, man and technology. This “hung high-rise” is a modular, lightweight construction with a water-resistant shape that can withstand a waterfall’s forces while harnessing hydroelectric power. The lab’s wastewater is treated so that it can be reintroduced into the natural water cycle without any lasting pollution. Hydro.lab is a self-sufficient, low impact concept for water research laboratories. It offers a prototype for similar research stations at waterfall sites throughout the world.
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