Aquamurus – 3d Printed Prototype for a Water Distribution Facade


This exercise aim at exploring the design potential of 3D printing technology in architecture.

We will use as a test case the detailed design of a performative wall element, with a

particular attention given to the integration of opening(s) (covering at least 20% of the wall

surface). The design of the shape and texture as well as the placement of the opening(s) will

need to be cleverly chosen to avoid fabrication and structural issue.


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The facade is a manifestation of the ability to harvest water from various environmental sources. This could range from the collection of rainwater, all the way to the harvest of water vapor in dry climates. Protruding elements in the facade act as “cups”, with designed multi-functionality to direct the water to specific collection points, while overflows and rainwater that falls from openings or apertures are captured in its own internal mirrored geometry. Design considerations are emphasised in the creation of relationships between appropriate openings for airflow and water collection, as well as structural stability through the manipulation of the curved facade’s thickness.

AquaMurus is a project of IaaC, Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia developed at Master in Advanced Architecture, MAA02 in 2015 by:


  • Jonathan Irawan
  • Noor El-Gewely
  • Christopher Wong
  • Tanuj Thomas


  • Alexandre Dubor
  • Djordje Stanojevic
  • Ricardo Valbuena
  • Martin Seymour