Architecture and Water

Antonello Marotta
5th june 2014

The relationship between water and architecture has always existed, because dwelling is closely related to the natural phenomena of the plagia. Always architecture has established a close relationship with the water; cities are born on the edge or at the mouth of a river. Many architects have understood this relational dimension and the more receptive of them have built with a strong adhesion with these issues. Álvaro Siza, Louis Kahn, Glenn Murcutt, Carlo Scarpa, Luis Barragán, just to name a few, have understood and explained this relationship in their architecture. The water becomes the movable element, unstable, archaic, while the space seeks a balance in proportions. In this dialectic between order and movement, water establishes an unquantifiable dimension while geometry re-search possibilities for measurability.

A. R. MARTÍNEZ (2004), Luis Barragán 1902-1988, Electa, Milano
C.NORBERG-SCHULZ (1980), Louis Kahn, Idea e immagine, Officina Roma
F. DAL CO, Giuseppe Mazzariol (2006), Carlo Scarpa 1906-1978, Electa, Milano
F. FROMONOT(2002), Glenn Murcutt, Electa, Milano
K. FRAMPTON (2005), Álvaro Siza, Tutte le opere, Electa, Milano