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The symbiosis of humans and water – through the eyes of architects

Water is a fundamental condition of life – it is irreplaceable and indispensable, it is very literally the wellspring of life, and humans and water have been living in a close symbiosis since time immemorial. Contemporary architects are also happy to reflect on that relationship.

Hanging Gardens, Bali

One of the world’s most photographed pools, a veritable work of contemporary architectural art, is in Buahan province, on the grounds of a luxury hotel surrounded by tropical forest and overlooking the plantations of Bali. Its forms and textures match the surroundings seamlessly.

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Hotel Villa Honegg, Switzerland

The panoramic pool overlooking Lake Lucerne is heated to 34 degrees throughout the year, so guests can enjoy the breathtaking view on sunny days just as well as in snowfall.

Video: YouTube/Club Thrifty

Bondi Iceberg Club, Australia

Bondi is an aboriginal word meaning "water breaking over rocks" – it is no accident that this swimming club, established in 1929, received the name. Nature and architecture are literally integrated here: turbulent ocean waves often spray their water into the beach pool.

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Colourful paper sculpture depicts the diversity of coral reefs

French designer and illustrator Mlle Hipolyte builds complex sculptures from vibrantly colourful paper. Her latest tree-dimensional work is inspired by coral reefs; the sculpture titled Coralium, which is almost one metre tall and 3 metres wide, was built using various techniques. The purpose of the work is to highlight the increasing fragility of the marine ecosystem caused by climate change.

Ocean-inspired work of art draws attention to the vulnerability of the marine ecosystem

British illustrator Mat Miller has produced a piece of art for the PangeaSeed Foundation to highlight the challenges that the oceans face today. His piece, entitled Equilibrium, was published in the foundation’s latest publication, with the aim of focusing attention on the vulnerability of the oceanic ecosystem and the rapid extinction of marine species.

Layered glass sculptures capture the beauty of the ocean

The ocean is the greatest inspiration for New Zealand artist Ben Young: he has been making stunning glass sculptures that offer a new perspective on the beauty of massive bodies of water for 15 years. He grew up in the Bay of Plenty on the northern coast of New Zealand, and has been captivated by the clear blues of the ocean since his childhood.

Portuguese surfer uses driftwood to build sculptures inspired by the waves

Portuguese surfer Johny Vieira has been inspired by ocean waves and the eerie shapes of beached driftwood. Along with his surfing, he began to make sculptures using pieces of driftwood, and his pieces are closely connected to nature and the majestic ocean.

Waves caught on camera

Australian photographer Matt Burgess spends hours in the salty sea to capture the diverse forms and textures of waves and to grasp the capricious moods of the ocean. He documents the hypnotic moments when waves reach their crests, or when they curl around as they hit the shallow seabed by the shore.

The ocean explored on a single breath of air

World champion freediver Guillaume Néry has produced a short film entitled One Breath Around the World, in which he presents the astonishing world hidden deep in the oceans on a single breath.

The Hungarian Post greets the Budapest Water Summit 2019 with stamp-release

The unique stamp issued on the occasion of the Budapest Water Summit 2019, have been released by Mr János Áder, President of Hungary and Mr György Schamschula, CEO of Magyar Posta Zrt. (Hungarian Post) on Monday, October 7th, at the Sándor Palace in Budapest.

Underwater dance to protect the oceans

It is no accident that Christine Ren decided to call herself The Underwater Woman: she combines her passion for dancing with ocean conservation, so she poses her dance moves under the surface for breathtaking photos such as the pieces in the series Protect What’s Precious, which protests trawling.

Spectacular works of art made of thousands of sea shells

British multimedia artist Rowan Mersh finds inspiration in nature. He uses thousands of shells to create his mesmerizing contemporary sculptures. His experimental approach inspires him to turn everyday objects into works of art, with particular attention to the harmony of shape, colour and geometry.

The calm beauty of the infinite ocean in paintings

The ethereal paintings of Bree Brooks celebrate the calm, peaceful aspect, the unearthly beauty of the ocean. The canvas paintings show large bodies of water from a bird’s eye perspective, interrupted by the coastline or boats swaying in the ocean.

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