Living Water Tower: Vertical High Line on the Hudson River


Name: Nicola Caccavella
Nationality: Canadian
Institution / Company: Ryerson University

Name: Kavita Garg
Nationality: Indian
Institution / Company: Ryerson University

Name: Julianne Guevara
Nationality: Canadian
Institution / Company: Ryerson University


– WINNER of Manhattan Wildscaper Competition


Located in the Hudson Yards the Living Water Tower is a mixed-use, green skyscraper which places emphasis on the filtration and purification processes of air and water. The building is situated at the original terminus of the High Line, which now extends through the interior of the tower, spiralling upwards. While it incorporates traditional program (retail, residential, and commercial), it does so unconventionally. The building separates into two parts, one tower which houses on-site research laboratories and farming, and another containing residential units embedded within greenery. The farm sustainably grows crops which are easily transported and utilized in the farm-to-table dining and retail market on lower floors.

Vast greenspace incorporated throughout the building aids in improving air and water quality, while acting as a sanctuary for birds, butterflies, and other creatures. Perhaps the most unique element of the project is its large water tower running through the building’s core. The tower funnels water from the river below into a vertical filtration process, once the purified water reaches the top it is stored in a tank to be redistributed for use. The Living Water Tower aims to be a model for new ways of interacting between biodiversity and urban life.


#UrbanAgriculture #NatureSanctuary #WaterFiltration #AirPurification #GreenTerraces

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