Water Towers 

Serial Architecture for Presidio County

This project for a group of water towers in the region of Presidio County in West Texas responds to an interest in serial architecture. The language of the structures, originally devised for a previous project in Poveglia, Italy, is here simplified and turned into a modular construction system comprising a limited number of elements and basic rules of assembly. The towers are made of mass timber members (glulam columns and beams as well as clt panels), and adopt a system of abstracted capitals that operate as bracing devices in the manner of half-timber structures. In their similarity and difference, scattered along the immensity of the high desert, the towers will operate as markers in the landscape, indicators of human presence and culture.

Photography: Nash Baker and Jesús Vassallo

© Jesús Vassallo, 2020