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Water pumping station, Lingen, Germany

Chris Hodson

Flood prevention pumping stations are a common sight in northern Germany, typified by massive concrete bases, culverts and other hydrological elements, with the pumping equipment housed in simple structures, generally constructed in brick.

In the case of Lingen in Germany, a new pumping station uses four inclined Archimedes’ screws to lift up excess water from low-lying land into the River Ems above. As usual, the base is concrete – but here the pumps are housed in a distinctive, polygonal form clad in brass. Circular perforations of varying sizes in the metal panels are carefully arranged to emulate the flow of bubbling water being forced up the incline by the four screws before cascading into the river.
 
Located close to housing on the eastern edge of the town, the pumping station is served by public walkways for residents to enjoy. The sculptural copper alloy structure celebrates the function it contains and offers an inspirational alternative to purely utilitarian structures normally associated with this typology.
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Building

Completion date: 
2014
Country: 
Germany
Zip code: 
49808
City: 
Lingen (Ems)
Street: 
Lingener Mühlenbach
Location: 

Categories

Applications: 
Facades
Transparent structures
Type of building: 
Industrial and agricultural
Copper used: 
Brass

Architect

Name, office: 
Vickers Krieger Architekten, Architekt Arnd Vickers

Copper contractors

Title: 
Peters Stahlbau GmbH, Itterbeck, Germany

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