The Water Building Resort’s concept and architecture were inspired by the form of a falling drop of water. It is a sustainable building, envisioned and thought through to create a consciousness of water. Orlando shares his philosophy on architecture: “The integration of elements gives us an integral vision of the man with his environment and we answer to his needs, through an Architecture and a sustainable Urbanism.”
It is not only stunning from the architectural viewpoint; this ecologically friendly building is set to become the first building with the capacity to extract pure water from the air using an innovative generator and solar power. Tying in with the water theme, the building will also feature an indoor and outdoor aquarium, spa and wharf. The basement of the building will house a water tank, a filter system and a desalination plant to purify salt water.
Meanwhile, the design of the building integrates generation of renewable energy. The Southern façade, oriented towards the sun, is covered by photovoltaic cells of the latest technology that allow transparency and yet capture solar energy to supply electricity to the building. A lattice design on the North facing facade allows for optimised natural ventilation, which reduces the amount of energy required to keep the interiors cool.
De Urrutia's resort, designed for humid areas, will contain an aquarium, restaurant, gyms, spa services, and exhibition rooms. Moreover, the basement of this resort complex will have a water treatment zone for purifying rain water and salty sea water and a technological investigation centre to control and verify water quality. The resort makes innovative use of Atmospheric Water Generator technology to convert condensation and humid air into drinking water. At full capacity, an AWG system can produce 35,000 to 109,000 gallons of water per day.
To complement its water generating features, the Water Building Resort will also recycle water taking rain water as well as marine water, purifying it with equipment incorporated in the basement of the building. The façade of this elegant hotel is engineered to face the sun to make most use of its energy in order to purify water.
The TeexMicron generator is designed to work in warm, humid climates with an ideal temperature range of 20 to 40 degrees celsius (68 to 104 F) and humidity of 30 to 95 percent. The innovative technology behind the TeexMicron generator allows it to use ocean air condensation and evaporation. It is capable of producing of up to 5,000 litres of water per hour.