Água Carioca Pilot at Sítio Roberto Burle Marx
Construction of a pilot demonstrating a natural sanitation system for informal settlements
In April 2016 we began construction on a prototype for the Água Carioca system at the Sitio Roberto Burle Marx in Rio de Janeiro. By virtue of their renowned reputation as scientific institution and profound knowledge of plants the Sitio Roberto Burle Marx proved to be the ideal partner for such a project. The project was supported by the Stimuleringsfond NL.
The pilot is installed next to the guesthouse Roberto Burle Marx built for his brother. The installation is implementing the full cycle of the holistic Água Carioca strategy: A bathroom (sink + toilet) is connected to a new recycling system, consisting of rainwater collection for the roof of the guest house, a rain water storage tank, a septic tank connected to the new toilet and sink, a constructed wetland and a water tank for the recycled effluent and rain water.
The aim of the pilot is to create a functioning pilot that deepens insights into the system’s functioning while making it simultaneously more widely accepted by the general public.
Since it's creation, Ooze architects, along with local partners, have hosted several visits to the site, and the area is open to all visitors of the Sitio. For a period of time, the Sitio also hosted an exhibition of the Água Carioca project. To arrange a visit to the pilot, contact the Sitio Roberto Burle Marx.
Read more: aguacarioca.org
Sitio Roberto Burle Marx, Rio de Janeiro, BR
Self-initiated research and design
Eva Pfannes, Sylvain Hartenberg, Sacha Mollaret, Dirk Gonzales
Creative Industries Fund NL, Sitio Roberto Burle Marx, Studio-X Rio de Janeiro
Planting: Sitio Roberto Burle Marx; Water engineer: Kilian Water