Macquarie University Water Storage Tower

Functional landmark

A pragmatic, creative interpretation of a traditional form.

BSA was commissioned to design a new water storage tower to respond to the increasing demands for water consumption on the growing Macquarie University Campus. The design takes its cue from the traditional outback water storage cylinder, employing both the traditional form and historic materials to create a modern interpretation of a significant water storage tank. The result is a dynamic landmark on a main pedestrian axis at the university.

Functionality was the driving force but both client and architect agreed that simplicity was paramount. The outcome demonstrates the much used adage that form follows function and while technology played a role in the detailing and procurement process it was subservient to honest expression.


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