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ManhatTANK / Depósitos de vida

Arquia Fellowship Winner

Metamorphosis of New York's watertanks

Brief: "Reuse, a discreet house"

Concept of the competition: "Architect as tourist guide"

2019 / Competition



Arquia foundation



João Luís Carrilho da Graça




New York, EEUU

This project emerges from the existence of a singular element, the Watertanks that are inside New York’s morphology.

Historically the watertanks used to provide the buildings the basic hydrological supplies to live and guarantee protection from fire… But nowadays the population doesn’t use them that much, so they are becoming abandoned.

Due to all of this, ManhatTANK proposes to recuperate the historical, representative, and visual value of all these iconic elements in the Big Apple. With this idea, we give them new uses, and the possibility to generate a singular urban regeneration.

This intervention, a minimum one, will generate residential spaces in a singular environment, in an urban area where there is a lack of available space. Moreover, this does not just offer the possibility to build homes, but so many other uses, such as lookouts, hotels, meeting points, or ports for messaging drones in the future.

This project keeps an eye on the past, solving the necessities of the present, with the other eye in the future.


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