Safdie Architects’ soon-to-open Jewel Changi Airport contains the world’s tallest indoor waterfall, but it’s not the first building to incorporate an oversized water feature. Here are eight buildings that include waterfalls.
Perhaps the most spectacular artificial waterfall in the world is in China, where the Ludi Industry Group has incorporated a water feature into the facade of a 121-metre tall skyscraper.
The 108-metre-high waterfall, which flows from the Liebian International Building in Guiyang, southwest China, was designed to bring water into the city.
Safdie Architects’ Jewel Changi Airport will be the centrepiece of Singapore’s soon-to-open Changi Airport.
The publicly-accessible building contains the world’s tallest indoor waterfall, a seven-storey cascade that falls from the oculus of the building’s glass-domed roof.
Perhaps the most famous building to incorporate a waterfall is Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fallingwater house in rural Pennsylvania.
The house, which is built over a nine-metre-high waterfall on Bear Run, was named the “best all-time work of American architecture” by the American Institute of Architects.
Waterfall Building, Indonesia
In the Mekarsari Fruit and Recreation Park on the Island of Java, Indonesia, is a stepped seven-storey building that is covered in plants.
Water cascades down the facade of the appropriately named Waterfall Building, which contains the park’s offices, in a series of seven waterfalls that flow into a lake.
National September 11 Memorial, USA, Michael Arad and Peter Walker
The focal point of architect Michael Arad and landscape architect Peter Walker’s memorial to the September 11 attacks is two square fountains.
The sunken fountains each have water flowing down into squares that are the exact footprints of the World Trade Centre towers.
Danish-Icelandic artist Olafur Eliasson installed a waterfall in the Grand Canal at the Palace of Versailles in Paris.
The large-scale installation was designed to give the impression that water was falling into the pool from midair.
Casa Cascada, or Waterfall House, takes its name from a water feature that pours from a raised swimming pool on the first floor to a pond on the ground floor.
Designed by Laboratory Sustaining Design, the four-storey house in Costa Rica steps up a steep slope to give it views of the ocean.
The giant water feature at Jewel Changi Airport will be the second building in Singapore to incorporate a large waterfall.
Gardens by the Bay, the enormous tropical garden designed by British architects Wilkinson Eyre and landscape architects Grant Associates, contains a 30-metre-high manmade waterfall in a giant green house.