The Space of Water

Student | Bernita Ling
Faculty | Irina Schneid
Interior Design, Graduate

Physical bodies and physical space share a universal element: water. Physical bodies are 60% water, while spatial ones contain plumbing apparatus. 

Within both, complex water systems are hidden. We ask: how can we resurface hidden water, and use it to connect our physical bodies with physical space? This thesis uses water as both a building material to shape our built environment and a pedagogical tool to reshape our narrative of its use.

A project overview encapsulating the rain water collection system on the High Line, water consumption graphics, and atmospheric effects of water as seen in the form of steam and volumes of water. These strategies are used to shape our built environment and educate us about our water use.
Two different approaches to the project: one from the High Line, pedestrians circulate into the space with rain water. While street level pedestrians are engaged with a steam facade and playscape, entering the site between two-lane pools.
The two main water reuse strategies in this project: grey water and rain water. Rain water is collected from the roof, adjacent to the High Line, while grey water is collected from the sinks and showers within the site. 
Shower curtains used to delineate space, highlight the site form, and to provide water to the swimming pool. A steam guard rail to provide privacy and a sense of warmth. 
A transition tunnel between the sauna and steam room, transitioning between a dry and wet space.