Himalaya Water Tower

Housed within 55,000 glaciers in the Himalaya Mountains sits 40 percent of the world’s fresh water. The massive ice sheets are melting faster due to climate change, posing possible dire consequences for Asia, especially for the villages and cities that sit on the seven rivers fed from the Himalayas. The Himalaya Water Tower is a skyscraper located high in the mountain range that serves to store water and helps regulate its dispersal to the land below as the mountains’ natural supplies dry up.

The skyscraper, which can be replicated en masse, will collect water during the rainy season, purify it, freeze it into ice and store it for future use. The water distribution schedule will evolve with the needs of residents below.

The lower part of the Himalaya Water tower is comprised of six stem-like pipes that curve and wind together and collect and store water. Like the stem of a plant, these pipes grow strong as they absorb their maximum water capacity. In each of the six stems, a core tube is flanked by levels of cells, which hold the water. The upper part of the building – the part that is visible above the snow line – is used for frozen storage. Four massive cores support steel cylindrical frames that, like the stems below, hold levels that radiate out, creating four steel tubes filled with ice. In between the two sections are mechanical systems that help freeze the water when the climatic conditions aren’t able to do so, purify the water and regulate the distribution of water and ice throughout the structure.

At the bottom of the structure, surrounding the six intertwined water tubes is a transport system that regulates fresh water distribution to the towns and cities below. The curving channels connect the mountains to the villages, and are also hold within them a railway for the transport of people and goods.

Designers: Zhi Zheng, Hongchuan Zhao & Dongbai Song


  • soundz says:

    after destroying a culture, why not destroying landscape ???

  • jeremy choi says:

    maybe it’s bad for landscape
    but it’s a quite cool concept!

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  • MDesigns says:

    I like it as a movie prop.

  • Olimpiu says:

    But we can’t slow the melting down? This BIG project is waste of time or it gives us one or two generation more in the best hope. The melting down is not a way of life, if the animals can’t surwive i don’t se how we can…

  • Teto says:

    War of the Worlds 2! next week in the best cinema cinema

  • Nick says:

    I think the author should do a bit more research before throwing out facts such as 40% of the world’s fresh water is stored in the Himalayan glaciers. Antarctica contains the vast majority of the fresh water reserves followed distantly by Greenland and then North America and finally Asia. http://www.grida.no/graphicslib/detail/freshwater-resources-volume-by-continent_1257#

    Also if/when the glaciers melt, it’s not the cities on the rivers that are in trouble, it’s cities near the coastline. While the rivers will most likely swell periodically, its the land along the coast that will be completely inundated.

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