Berlin-based studio Raumlabor envisioned a reexamination of public space, thus they constructed the “fountain house” as a fully accessible structure that celebrates free access to portable water.
It is located in an undefined civic space in a central district of Montreal where the open ground plan of the building leads to a rooftop terrace that provides panoramic views to the surrounding environment.
Inside the design’s overlapping archways, a light stream of water descends through a hole in the ceiling and is subsequently collected in a basin below. The liquid is then redistributed within the pavilion via nozzles that creates a cloud of vapor that hangs in the air. This water is then offered to the public to drink, observe and engage with.
The skin of the structure is embedded with plant, fungi and other small organisms to symbolize the celebration of life.