• Kasuminome is able to supply water to a district with a population of 16 thousand people

  • The tower is included in the list of the Agency for cultural heritage of Denmark and is even depicted on the coin of 20 DKK

  • Inside the tower modern design and historic interiors harmonically combine

  • In 1973, the tower North point was contributed to The National Register of Historic Places.

  • Rostock is a rich port city, a center of German shipbuilding. Therefore, the tower turned out to be luxurious

  • UFO made of concrete was designed by architect Erkko Virkkunen

  • You can see the similarities of the tower shape with the peacock - a symbol of resurrection and a new beginning in the early Christian culture

  • Neither grandeur nor the people's motives were not intended to be realized. Architect was more inspired by the laws of physics

  • The capacity of this facility is 6.5 million cubic meters, which makes the tower in Midrand the largest water structure in the southern hemisphere

  • There are five bedrooms and three bathrooms in the House in the clouds

Water on Top: Unusual Water Towers

Thanks to technological progress, the water in the homes is supplied by powerful pumps. And earlier, when on centralized water supply system was yet in project, water towers resolved this problem. Some of them are still working, others have purely aesthetic function. Such objects will be discussed in today's Watergallery.

1. Kasuminome, Japan. In addition to the noisy and never sleeping Tokyo, Japan can enchant tourists by Kyoto - its ancient capital city. And the most unusual attraction of its Central district Kizu is the water tower Kasuminome. Using imagination, you can see in its form a stalk of bamboo which grows abundantly in these parts of the country, as it was intended by the architect. However, to the European, it is likely to resemble the legendary tower of Babylon from Brueghel paintings. The building was built relatively recently – in 1999. The altitude of Kasuminome is 47 meters.

2. Tower Utzon, Denmark. The Danish town of Svaneke wouldn't differ from the most small Scandinavian settlements, if not for this unusual architectural building. Fans of conspiracy, looking for secret signs everywhere, can see in this triangular pyramid allusion to Freemasonry, but everything is much easier. As is known, the object on three legs is much more stable than a four-legged one. That was used by the ancient Vikings, explorers; they placed such constructions along the coast, with its constant winds, for easier navigation. This tower was built much later, in 1952. Its Creator, Jorn Utzon later was invited to design a symbol of modern Australia – the Sydney Opera house.

3. The Universe of Water, Russia. The best place for this Museum is difficult to imagine. Where else to learn about the importance of water, if not in the North Venice? How to get water, how to supply an enormous city with it, how to protect citizens from floods – all this and more can be found by visiting the museum complex The Universe of Water located in Saint-Petersburg, on Shpalernaya str., 56. The water tower, which houses the exposition The Water World of Saint-Petersburg, was built in 1859-1861. And in 2001-2002, Vodokanal of St. Petersburg (local water supplier) breathed new life into it. After the overhaul historic interiors have been preserved, and the fire escape and a second elevator were handed down in a separate glassed-in extension. During the tour across the floors of the tower, guests are told about the history of water supply and the sewerage systems in St. Petersburg and in the world. Among the exhibits are wooden pipes, real wells, samples of ancient plumbing.

4. North point, USA. When you look at this tower there is a feeling that Walt Disney decided to put one of his fairy princesses right in the heart of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Yes, but this building was created in 1871, long before the Disneyland. Architect Charles A. Gombert decided to issue a huge steel tank (its height is 37 meters and a diameter is 4 meters) in the form of a castle from the Niagara limestone in the style of Victorian Gothic. Against the backdrop of modern buildings from concrete and glass the 53-meters high building looks unusual, to put it mildly.

5. Rostock, Germany. Germany can be called the country of water towers. Majestic buildings, built with true German approach – "forever", are scattered throughout the country. But we will focus on the most beautiful tower in the German city of Rostock. Built on a massive granite base, it rises to 60 meters and is 18 meters in diameter. Built in 1903, the tower functioned for more than half of a century. After the reconstruction the building was considered to be an architectural monument. Now on the upper floors are storerooms of the local Museum and below are interest clubs for children and people with disabilities.

6. Haukilahti, Finland. A vivid example of how fashion affects all areas of life, including architecture. In 1968, at the height of the space race, in the southern part of Espoo near the town of Haukilahti the water tower in the form of... flying saucer was built! The diameter of this «water-pressure UFO» is 45 meters, and the tank holds up to 4 thousand cubic meters of water. Like most similar structures, the tower is no longer being used according to the intended purpose. But inside it is equipped with a restaurant called Stork's Nest. Institution instantly gained popularity and now is a favorite place for tourists and the local business elite - it is a good practice to hold business meetings there.

7. Palic, Serbia. The water tower is situated between Subotica and Palic Lake. The combination of natural beauty and unusual architecture made this object a real symbol of the city. Built in 1912 in the style of Hungarian art nouveau, the building is intended to fulfill several functions. In addition to the main purpose, the tower is an unusual gate at a local Park, and also a tram stop. The inspiration for the architects was the authentic culture of the Serbs – lace, embroidery and other needlework.

8. Ciechanów, Poland. The Polish city of Ciechanów can boast with the unique water tower. It has the shape of a hyperboloid, as it is well known, by using this geometric shape in architecture, we can achieve the maximum structural strength with minimal construction materials. Lattice girders at the base give the building a wind-resistance. Established in 1972 by the architect Jerzy Boguslawski tower, having served its own, now is idle without work. However, in the future it is planned to open a restaurant and an observation deck.

9. Midrand, South Africa. The perfect solution for hot Africa is the water tower, which resembles either a glass of soft drink or a cone with the ice cream. This effect will only intensify if you get inside. After all, a spiral staircase leading to the top is located in the middle of the cone like a giant drinking straw with a diameter of 4 meters. The surprised visitor might think that the tower is floating on water. Feeling the buoyancy of the building is achieved by the fact that the base is situated on the surface of an artificial reservoir, whence the water is pumped inside.

10. The House in the Clouds, UK. Imagine a house with a lawn in front which is not a green grass, but trees crown! Such a fabulous building is in the village of Thorpeness, in the County of Suffolk, UK. It is easy to guess that the House in the Clouds was used to carry out the functions of a water tower. Specific British sense of humor has made adjustments, and the construction of the 1923 was decided to transform into a rural house. The water tower was supplied from local mills but with the advent of the water supply structure of the village, it remains irrelevant. In 1979, the water system was dismantled, and the building finally turned into a house.

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