All about design of water feature fountains
Dry fountains are more and more common in urban public spaces, filling them with attractive and fun. The concept ‘dry fountain’ may seem a contradiction – it is difficult to picture a waterless fountain unless it is broken down or neglected. Though, there is a type of fountains known as ‘dry’. These fountains do not have a visible pond to collect the water: the tank is located under the pavement. The water jets emerge from this underground tank and rise directly over the floor. When the fountains are not operational, the floor is dry – hence their name. If dry fountains allow the interaction with the bystanders, then they are called interactive dry fountains. Read MoreRead More
Dry fountains are commonly found in outdoor places and they are mostly created through state initiative. We can see them in public squares, parks and common areas where they refresh the atmosphere and let the people play with the water. The resistance of the pavement where they are installed must be accurately calculated in order to stand the traffic of people or even vehicles (for instance, to enable the passage of ambulances or public services). On the other hand, in these fountains the contact between people and water is constant, so the water quality is especially relevant. It is essential that they include a specific water treatment system.
Dry fountain works with the water collected and flowing under the pavement. There are different types of water flow and feeding systems:
Some types of dry fountains are designed to allow the interaction between bystanders and water features, and in some cases, with light and sound effects. When this happens they are called interactive dry fountains. They are playful installations that increase the possibilities of public spaces, encouraging the communication between the people and their background. These fountains’ design and conception are similar to those of dry fountains, but they also include some devices that let people control the different options.
For instance, an interactive dry fountain can include a floor platform with rubber foot buttons. Each button bears a sensor that controls a function. By stepping on them, the user will be able to add or remove lights, change the color of the water or control the height of the jets, among other options. The fountain can also be equipped with hand buttons mounted on a medium-height console. The sensor included in each button will send a signal to the fountain’s electrical box; the box will interpret the signal and will start the corresponding function.
The control panel can be installed in different places. If the fountain has a technical room then it will be there, together with the filtration equipment and the pump. It can also be located outdoors, properly concealed behind hedges or other natural elements (plants, bushes, rocks, etc.).
Interactive dry fountains are particularly suitable to include music. The recorded musical compositions are emitted from loudspeakers located around the fountain, normally attached to existing elements (street lamps, posts…). They can also be attached to posts installed for the purpose, always at a height of 3.5-4 meters. Through hand or foot buttons, musical interactive fountains enable bystanders to play with the different features.
Water, music and lights – three wonderful elements perfect to shine in every urban space. Enjoyment, beauty and originality are guaranteed by all the possibilities provided by dry fountains and interactive fountains.
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