Eber’s water towers 1998

The leading trade journal in Sweden, VA-tidskriften Cirkulation has since 1998 an article series under the heading Ebers vattentorn (Eber’s water towers), where Eber Ohlsson with text and photo presents interesting water towers in the world (except Scania and Sweden). Below is a free translation to English of these texts.

Eber’s water towers in Cirkulation 1/1998

A free translation to English:

A German water tower in Art Nouveau is the pride of Mönchengladbach. Rightly, the question is if there is a more beautiful water tower. But so had it even the cost the city 216 000 Gold mark, when it stood ready 1908-1909.

To this amount they got a reservoir on 3 100 m³. If you today even want to see the water tower inside, it is possible to make use some of the five Saturdays every year, when there is a public showing of the water tower in Viersener Strasse.

Published 1998-02-11

Eber’s water towers in Cirkulation 2/1998

A free translation to English:

A water tower in USA. There is no doubt about that. If you drive U.S. route 1 southbound through Florida are you meeting this sight, when you drive in to City of Cocoa. Then you are by the way not far from Cape Canaveral.

Water towers of steel are usual in the United States, here in form of pillar-spheroid. It is even usually to paint the name of the town on the reservoir. The water tower in City of Cocoa has a painting that no patriot can complain.

Published 1998-03-18

Eber’s water towers in Cirkulation 3/1998

A free translation to English:

An individual water tower, by a world-famous architect, you will find on the east coast of Bornholm. In the idyllic place Svaneke stand a water tower, that is called the navigation mark. The name-giving is easy to understand, but not the water technical form. The dram glass form had probably been better, even in Denmark. The pyramid form is perhaps the price you must pay, when the unconventional architect Jörn Utzon design water towers.

Some years later he created another individual building, the famous Sydney Opera in Australia. The Svaneke citizen is pride of the water tower they got 1952. With a reservoir volume of 110 m³, it solved the support until 1988. Now is it out of operation and declared as a historic building.

Published 1998-04-29

Eber’s water towers in Cirkulation 4/1998

A free translation to English:

A postmodern water tower. The French standard tower in the little village of Belleville 10 km north of Nancy in the eastern France is filled up with postal marks. There is no lack of addressee, sender or stamps. As it is stamped with 9 francs and 20 centimes, it will probably be counted as a parcel. We must still hope for the best of citizen of Belleville that the water tower not has insufficient postage.

Published 1998-06-10

Eber’s water towers in Cirkulation 5/1998

Dalecarlian is a province in Sweden. Dalecarlian horse is a painted wooden horse. Dalecarlian painting is painting with richly-decorated floral motif.

The English word “fascinating” is translated from the Swedish word “fängslande”, which also mean “imprisoning”.

A free translation to English:

The land of immigrants USA is often talked-about as a melting-pot. The different cultures is mixed and creating a new – an American. After all exist however a part of the old elements of culture and the citizens feel a pride of theirs extraction and theirs old culture. This must be one of the reasons that the water tower in Kingsburg, California has the appearance it has.

When the police cars of the town have a Dalecarlian horse, and the text The Swedish Village on the doors, isn’t it unnatural that the water tower of the town has a form of a tea pot with richly-decorated floral motif. It holds 60 000 US gallons which correspond to 227 m³ or 1,5 millions coffee pots. The tower is manufactured 1911 in the steel city Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Fascinating details at the tower stand is except the little white building City Jail, even a bronze plate that tells you that the adornment and the tower lights has been made to memory of some loved ones. Who has paid the full amount tells also the founded letters, we are after all in the donators USA.

Published 1998-08-19

Eber’s water towers in Cirkulation 6/1998

A free translation to English:

The city of Flensburg in the north German federal state Schleswig-Holstein is situated in the innermost part of the fjord that carries the name of the city. On the western side of the fjord, Altstadt is there a beautiful traditional pattern brick-built water tower in yellow and red bricks, built 1901-02.

On the heights east of the fjord there is a water tower that forms a shape contrast to the old water tower, both to colour and to form. It is a water tower that uses the possibility of the concrete to build in exciting geometrical forms. Architect professor Fritz Trautwein has here 1961 constructed a water tower; there the parabola segment round a vertical is strong marked on the tower shaft, and additional emphasized the light and thin vertical moulding.

To the facile price of 1 D-Mark, it is under five summer months possible to visit the 26 meter above the ground situated belvedere, surrounded a reservoir on 1 500 m³, and there admire the view over the fjord of Flensburg and the Danish South Jutland.

After a such visit can they that not only want water, with advantage visit the nearby Hotel “Am Wasserturm”, and get water mixed with yeast, malt and hops.

Published 1998-09-23

Eber’s water towers in Cirkulation 7/1998

The English word “mediocre” is translated from the Swedish word “slätstruken”, which also mean “plain surface”.

A free translation to English:

Many bricks for little water – that can perhaps be a summary of the water tower in Volkspark Jungfernheide in Berlin. It is not a mediocre water tower; instead create here the bricks a front that is rich in contrast, full of life and exciting. Architect for this building, as far as style is concerned can be categorized as brick expressionism, was Magistratsoberbaurat Walter Helmcke.

The 38 meter high water tower was built 1926/27, and with a high-reservoir on 200 m³ supplied it the park with irrigation water under the short time it was in duty. Under the war was the tower badly injured, but was restored in the 1950s. A loggia was built 1987/88 on the place there it in the original drawings should have been a restaurant.

Published 1998-11-04

Eber’s water towers in Cirkulation 8/1998

A free translation to English:

A water tower of steel that differ from the normal standardized and total dominating rotation symmetric form can you find in the Danish town Horsens. Here in the south suburb Tyrsted has the architect Holger K Nielsen create a water tower in 206 metric ton steel with a consciousness sculptural form. A hydraulic good form, there the advantage of the steel is used.

Above the octagonal centre column and the eight in fan-shaped placed side pillars is there a reservoir, shaped as a cut diamond. As for the very much small transparent diamond, bring the light here plus values. Light reflections and shadows shift on the sixteen reservoir sides with the suns walk over the vault of heaven.

It is not surprising that the water tower got “The European Steel Prize”, the building year 1983. Behind the blue-painted faces of steel is there 2 000 m³, and this to a building cost for the whole tower on 3.6 millions Danish Crowns. The 28 meter high water tower in the East Jutland has rightly got the epithet “The Blue Diamond”, and certainly is it a beautiful piece of jewellery in the town of Horsens.

Published 1998-12-09

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