COSMO: the Design that Purifies 3,000 gals of water in 4 days

Ditch your Brita jugs and mugs, there’s a new water filter in town. MoMA PS1 has just revealed the 2015 winner of the annual Young Architects Program and the result is nothing short of extraordinary. COSMO, created by Spanish architect Andrés Jaque, is a pavilion contraption that merges architecture with sustainability – in other words, it is the epitome of the future of architecture.

The piece is simple – it is a green infrastructure-modeled outer-structure created through the amalgamation of drainage tubes, algae, and plants that, combined, can purify up to 3,000 gallons of water in four days. Speaking to WIRED, Jaque explains, “I think the architecture of the future will not be that much about space but how we interact with resources.” This is an obvious step forward in the imperative conversation of sustainability and eco-friendliness, but Jaque not only proves that there are ways to be smarter and greener with our structures, he also shows that the aesthetic principle of design does not have to suffer. “The divorce between infrastructure and biodiversity has come to an end,” he says. “COSMO is kind of an anticipation of what will be the future of machinery.”

This is a new era of art and architecture – one where we cannot separate what we want from want we need, and with structures like Jaque’s (which can also provide shade and seating, and which is easily reproducible), we don’t have to. Welcome to the greener side of life.

COSMO will be on display at the MoMA PS1 until September 7th

Photos by Miguel de Guzmán for MoMA PS1

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