The Water Cathedral is an outdoor installation that offers a reprieve from the Chilean summer heat. The structure by GUN Architects is made up of numerous fabric and plastic prisms that hang like stalactites in a cave. There is even a hydraulic irrigation network that drips water at different rhythms and tempos from the faux stalactites. On the ground below, concrete “stalagmites” rise up and provide seating, greenery, and water collection.
The Water Cathedral was the 2011 winning entry for Yap_Constructo, the Chilean initiative of the MoMA international young architects program.