Facing the reality of a world-wide water shortage, the town council of Lanjarón, located in the principality of Granada, Spain commissioned architect Juan Domingo Santos to create a Water Museum, to educate and raise the consciousness of local citizens about water usage.
The Lanjarón region is renowned for its crafts, its honey and its medicinal waters and spas. When the balneario is open from March to December, Lanjarón’s population is swollen by spa tourists who take the waters.
It is the curative effect of the waters -- the serenity and meditative aspect between humans and water -- that is captured by the museum, making it a place of reflection as well as an education center on water's relationship with industrial development in the area. Writes Architectural Review:
Most famously at the Alhambra palace, fascination with water reached its height with a labyrinth of cooling fountains and pools to reflect light and bring inanimate surfaces to life. For the Moors, architecture was not merely a static object, but something to be sensed and experienced by the whole body. In its more modest way, the new museum also celebrates these elusive experiential qualities.
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In 2009, the Wall Street Journal calculated our water footprint as consumers:
Did you know that it takes 20 gallons of water to make a pint of beer?
It takes 132 gallons of water to make a 2-liter bottle of soda.
It takes 500 gallons of water to grow, dye and process the cotton to make a pair of Levi’s stonewashed jeans.
It takes 630 gallons of water to make a hamburger.