Crystal Water Features at Expo2020

Hydrophobic

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Hydrophobic

With sub themes of Expo being velocity and speed, and as the world gets faster and faster around us, we can watch it go past or run to catch up.

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Listen to Creative Director, and feature designer Rob Miklua has to say about Hydrophobic water features.

In this innovative feature, water droplets are released adjacent to each column and run via gravity in recessed grooves until they reach the next column where these droplets will disappear into a drainage slot. Each run between columns is visually connected to the next one along the concourse such that a continuous relay of high velocity water flow along the concourse is seen. 

Water is manipulated to create a natural dialogue emphasizing speed, temp and momentum. The compact and simple architecture references Arabic script of shallow runnels enhanced with a super-hydrophobic coating. This coating creates a nanoscopic surface layer that repels water.

  • Water Feature Layout: 485mm wide UHPC (Ultra High Performance Concrete) panels c/w six (6) 15mm wide rivulets. Panels are set at minimum 2% slope in order that water balls travel via gravity flow. Raised channel high end set at minimum 450mm above finished floor. 

 

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Hydrophobic Gallery