Digital Water Pavillion - Carlo Ratti

Year of implementation: 
Added value of technology: 
Use of ICT as a support and challenge for new outdoor activities
Technology applied: 
Position informatics
Typology of open spaces: 
Parks and gardens
Short description: 

"The Digital Water Pavilion is an interactive structures made of digitally-controlled water curtains, built at the entrance of the 2008 Expo in Zaragoza/Spain. Designed for the Zaragoza Expo 2008, the pavilion is a flexible and multi-functional space.
Office space for tourism during the event in 2008, houses now a cafe and an info-box on the Milla Digital project. The challenge was to use the water – the theme of Expo 2008 – as an architectural element. The walls are composed of digitally controlled water droplets, which can generate writing, patterns or access spaces.
The result is a space that is interactive and reconfigurable in that each wall can potentially become an entrance or exit, while the internal partitions can shift depending on the number of people present. The only material elements are the two boxes and the roof, which is a sort of curtain that can move vertically and flatten to the ground removing the presence of the entire pavilion." - retrieved from

Why is it relevant as Cyberpark: 

It is an interactive and playable structure, which aims to built an environment (through the use of digital-control of a natural element: water). It is a flexible and multifunctional space, that could be used in a Cyberpark to house a caffe or infobox.

People involved in the project: 

carlorattiassociati | walter nicolino & carlo ratti Team: Carlo Ratti, Matteo Lai, Walter Nicolino, Chiara Morandini. MIT Media Laboratory / Smart Cities Group, director: William J. Mitchell, Boston