The American West’s need for viable solutions to the diminishing water supply is growing at an alarming rate. The urban setting of Hollywood is no exception as its lack of water accessibility and awareness on the topic halts changes necessary for a thriving future. These concerns have been addressed through integrating active and passive systems into the existing site. This “community water node” promotes individual accountability while engaging users in a process of water reclamation and recycling in an effort to capture, treat and distribute the community’s water. At this larger urban scale, adjacent buildings can filter used water through this system.
The site’s programs include an urban spa, organic café, produce retail, food and clothes donation center, bicycle parking and urban farms.
This water reclamation network, while addressing the community’s needs initially, can develop into a feasible response to the west’s water scarcity. In addition to the benefits associated with deterring water from municipal resources, the recycled water is primarily used to irrigate the extensive living walls and urban farms accessible to the community.
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