The forest of Pfaelzer already welcomed other attractions (apart from the natural ones) like the "House of the Biosphere" and the "House of sustainability", with this new "House" it adds an important element to communicate the importance for the region to respect the entire ecosystem.
The "House of Water" is in every way a true water treatment plant, which serves drinking water to the neighbouring community. But it is also a public space dedicated to disseminating information related to water and its use, with spaces for exhibitions and conferences.
Putting together these two functions was the first challenge of the project. Indeed, the two tasks have mutually incompatible needs, on the one hand the protection of a "vital" mechanism for the population, controlled 24 hours a day, on the other, to be open to the community to discuss their work.
The architecture embodies this duality: on the outside it appears like a composition of black volumes with an impenetrable appearance, while on the inside a pure white dominates; an allusion to the purity of the water and the trust in “clean” progress that seems to have conquered Germany. In the middle panels of expanded metal that let the light.
The examples of good architecture applied to unusual contexts and to technical rooms, fortunately, are not exclusive to Germany. Italy also houses excellent projects like Carlo Cappai and Maria Alessandra Segantini' Studio C+S Water filtration plant in the Venice lagoon or Bolzano architectural office monovolume architecture + design's Winnebach power station.