Water Temple

An interactive architecture that explores water as a cultural material



This new project explores water as a place of transcendence and transition that culminates in a multi-dimensional water spectacle. The structure acts as a catalyst for exploring water as an interactive material and examines water as a living entity, as cultural being and something central to our lives.

Participants are invited to float within the elevated incandescent heated pool, where water is held on a transparent lining. Participants underneath the structure interact with watery cascades and fountains that spring from above. This simple, temporary architectural design allows a multitude of perspectives to be experienced, alongside an emotive soundscape, responsive lighting and contemporary ritual.

This piece is in development and we are seeking commissioning partners.

Cast & Creative

Ivan Thorley, theatre-artist, designer-maker creates art to disrupt big spaces with surprising visual performance elements that animates interaction between people, place and space. Kew recently commissioned Ivan to engage families with the newly renovated Temperate House developing work around themes of extinction and conservation, inspiring over 35,000 families. Within this project Ivan developed and delivered robust in-house evaluation procedures to report back on the outcomes of this engagement work to project partners. Ivan also recently delivered an 18 month engagement project in Battersea for 8 to 11 year olds in one of the most deprived estates in London.


Antonia Lippmann Architects was founded 2012 in Berlin. Antonia graduated from Bauhaus-University Weimar in 2009 and held positions in architectural offices in London and Berlin. Antonia Lippmann is an architectural artist and designer who unites visionary ideas with social coherence, working to unfold architectural uniqueness. She’s designed buildings for multigenerational living and created a concept for a multiuse green river transportation system and floating cultural venue in Berlin. Her current commercial clients include International Airport Berlin and consumer supermarket EDEKA. Antonia is on the design committee of Freiberg, Germany and consults on their Historic Buildings Renovation practice.