Aquatecture: A New Architecture Theory

Aquatecture was first coined by American-trained architect Ivan A. Taslimson. The first design manifestation was introduced on a vertical habitation compound at the proposed Asia Africa Tower in 2007, although his theory was formulated much earlier, where dwellings and cities are designed to maintain harmony with water entity.

Aquatecture was first conveyed in 2010 in Barcelona, Spain deriving from his "L'organicisme arquitectònic" insights and permaculture design. His water-inspired design project based in Badung, Bali was the first of its kind in the world.

Robert Barker & Richard Coutts based in London, UK and Rijswijk, Netherlands, developed aquatecture further by publishing Aquatecture, a book published by RIBA publishing in 2016. Water plays a vital role in shaping our built environment, as it has done for centuries. We depend on it, we use it, we live with it and we must respect it.

Aquatecture is the first book to outline new ways of ‘designing for water,’ using examples from around the world to illustrate methods of utilizing water innovatively, efficiently and safely.

The first part of the book explores the historical relationship between water and architecture, examining how cities and civilisations have been drawn to water and have attempted to control it.

The chapters go on to assess how this relationship has changed over time, and introduce readers to a range of brand new techniques that will revolutionise the way we think about water, design and urban planning.

Solutions such as amphibious housing, wet-proof buildings, zero carbon development, rain gardens, flood storage and new methods of waterfront design are discussed and their effectiveness assessed.

Full colour illustrations and international case studies are used throughout the book to bring these new theories to life; practical, technical advice sits alongside truly ground-breaking and ambitious ideas for the future.

This book is an ideal reference tool for all architects, urban designers, planners and sustainability experts who have an interest in creating a beautiful, sustainable, intelligent and pleasurable built environment on land, in water and with water.

From these aspects of design, the resulting architecture works in tandem with the environment, drawing inspiration from the ecosystems around the structure to produce a sustainable and adapted building.

These spaces have spoken of the design exuding "freedom and energy," and ultimately encouraging creativity.

Nature is an incomparable educator. If we take care to look and listen, we will find great answers. The aesthetic visual enjoyment of nature is not enough.

We must look further and deeper into a world of mystery, extraordinary beauty and perfect intelligence.                                   — Evolutionary Architecture


Bibliography: Publications by Wattenbarger, NBBJ, Waterstudio, AISA