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Liquid water is not well-suited as a structural material, but frozen water (snow, ice) can be. In liquid form water can still be a decorative element, as can (rarely) steam.

Water is a material that can be transparent, opaque, refractive, reflective. It can be flexible, it can be fragile, it almost invariably is transient.

This thread is for innovative uses of water in all shapes and forms, highlighting constructions where water is a major structural or design element. This also includes discussion on advantages and disadvantages of water, costs, challenges, and sustainability. Welcome to the watering hole.

Finally we have building in water (ice, snow, the clouds), but for this the building (technique) has to be innovative. Snapshots of housebouts won't quite do it.

The Northern Chinese city of Harbin is constructing a district of ice every year.


PLANNED THREADS IN BUILDING IN… SERIES

Building in bricks
Building in concrete
Building in glass
Building in grass
Building in metal
Building in mud
Building in plastic
Building in stone
Building with water (this)
Building in wood
 

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The solid state of water is best for structural elements, the liquid is mostly decorative. The gaseous state is not used in architecture to my knowledge, except for this:

 

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