Poznań designers come up with ingenious ‘water bollards’ to beat drought
In response to the worsening drought, a trio of Polish designers and architects have created unique city watering system.
The unassuming water tubes which perform three functions - storing rainwater, sprinkling and protecting plants - were made for the city of Lublin, which was looking for a functional way to fight the plague of drivers parking on lawns.
Marta Sowińska-Gąska, Łukasz Gąska and Michał Gawron, the creative force behind Poznań-based Gąska Studio, found an innovative way to redesign common features of streets and sidewalks.
But unlike their metal or concrete equivalents, the Gąska Studio bollards named PARO are built from two overlapping cylinders attached to the ground.
The architects said: “The tank made like this allows for the collection and retention of rainwater. Using a simple ultrasonic evaporator, the collected water is turned into steam, released and then evenly distributed.
“Cyclical activation of the device allows regular moistening of the lawn, creating a favourable biotope and an interesting visual phenomenon.
“The entire process is powered by a small photovoltaic panel placed on top of the object.”
Currently the young architects are building PARO prototypes in several versions - benches, waste bins, lanterns and bird houses.
Their hope is not only to find a new application for a commonly used object, but also to protect the environment on a micro scale.
The creators said: “PARO was developed in different forms, creating a collection of urban furniture with different functions.
“The designed elements meet the main objectives of greenery protection, with the additional features of a city object that can provoke various social interactions.”
Gąska Studio’s work isn’t limited to small urban architecture, however.
In December last year, they received an honourable mention in the Bee Breeders competition for the Iceland Volcano Museum.
Located near the Hverfjall volcano in Iceland's Dimmuborgir region, the museum is planned to be a multi-purpose exhibition hall and a visitors’ centre for people trekking to one of the largest craters in the world.
Gąska Studio’s proposition was recognized among dozens of other ideas.