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Ferrocement cistern with style

Posted by John Schinnerer almost 9 years ago

Ferrocement catchment tanks don't have to be boring cylinders!

Urn-shaped 10K gallon ferrocement tankA design client in Hawai'i wanted something more than a plain old cylindrical catchment tank. They were inspired by the smaller sculptural ferrocement tank in the cover photo of Art Ludwig's book Water Storage. With industrial-scale fabrication expertise from Peter Epperson and his crew at Pacific Gunite, we co-created this lovely urn-shaped 10K gallon ferrocement tank.

To be added is a ferrocement mo'o (lizard) on the top, spouting water into a faux lava rock pond (that will grow some aquatic biomass for mulching, and possibly some fish for eating) at the base.

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Joseph C. Pierce
Joseph C. Pierce : Beautiful form and functional too! Love it.
Posted almost 9 years ago

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David Rivera Ospina
David Rivera Ospina : Excellent, is beautiful and functional.
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David Rivera Ospina
David Rivera Ospina : Admittedly, much more beautiful than the old tanks, but how to improve the stability against an earthquake?, perhaps with a slight reinforcement design on the base?
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Chris Wallis
Chris Wallis : Awesome, would love to see what it looks like from above.
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John Schinnerer : Re earthquake stability - the base is a standard 4" RC slab and the bottom part is *heavy* - nobody including the engineer who signed off on the permit application has had any concerns about stability in seismic events. Note also that our seismic movement is primarily up and down, not lateral like continental/fault line quake movement.
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Evelyn Bishop
Evelyn Bishop : I hope you'll post a photo when it's finished. Incorporating good design ascetics together with functional form is often overlooked. Kudos.
Posted about 8 years ago

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