At Milan Design Week 2014 designer concrete brand Ivanka presented The Water of Life, a project developed to collect rainwater and turn it into high quality drinking water using a special bio-concrete system.
“The complex rainwater management system is based on Ivanka’s material innovation, bioconcrete which has a pH neutral orientation and bio-compatible influences on the water.” says Ivanka. “Both the technical specification of this material and the process itself distinguishes this new system from the traditional ways of rainwater collection. The specific technology allows filtering raw rain only physically in a strictly natural way without chemicals so the equipment can produce the highest quality, sun-distilled drinking water.”
“The technology we are working on represents a high ethical value as it turns rain into the highest quality drinking water in a pure and natural way of processing.” say principals Katalin and Andras Ivanka. “It will provide access to affordable clean water for small and big scale users, from families to big companies, leaving the smallest possible ecological footprint in the process.”
Presented at the Superstudio Più gardens in Milan, Rainhouse was a 1:1 scale demonstration model of the real system currently being tested at Balaton Uplands National Park, the largest freshwater-surface in Europe. Visitors were able to preview and taste harvested rainwater.