2015 CHIDESIGN Competition (shortlisted)

HYDRO-LOOP: The New Chicago Water Tower

By 2030, half of the world’s population will live in areas of high water scarcity*. Any system burdened by an unequal distribution of resources will wither; this is true in education as it is in our natural habitat. To restore equilibrium in the world, both ecological and educational resources must be efficiently captured, allocated, and applied. Hydro-Loop responds to these global issues locally by engaging a cyclical solution to both.

Hydro-Loop implements an iterative, three stage educational cycle: learn - create - demonstrate. The building’s form and program arrangement cultivate an osmotic educational experience, resulting in a creative environment where students, educators, visitors, and professionals share moments of learning, interaction, and reflection. Hydro-Loop promotes learning through mentorship, cooperative work, and self-discovery in the presence of an innovative, water-capturing system - where students can witness first-hand, the power of design.

As the Chicago Water Tower survived the Great Fire of 1871, Hydro-Loop - a new high-rise building typology - is a modern-day symbol of resiliency. Chicago will continue its legacy as a hub of architectural innovation to demonstrate revolutionary advancements that benefit sustainable and educational ecosystems.

* “International Decade for Action ‘WATER FOR LIFE’ 2005-2015: Water Scarcity.” United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA),

24 Nov 2014. Web. 25 Aug 2015.


[Fennick McCredie Architecture]