Eber’s water towers 2004

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 1/2004

A free translation to English:

The Badische town Kehl in Germany, neighbour to Strassburg, concluded at the time an agreement with Master of Engineering M. Hessemer from Frankfurt am Main, that he for own money should arrange the water supply of the town. On account of the private company’s high water price, the town makes success after an action to take over the operation 1910.

The 1904-1905 private built tower with a total height of 47,5 meter and a reservoir on 300 m³, got a harmonic formation with tower-head that was both rich of idea and complicate. Unfortunately got the origin form lost under the war, but the compensation may be acceptable.

Published 2004-02-11

Eber’s water towers in Cirkulation 2/2004

The Swedish word “tanken” has various meaning, both “the tank” and “the thought”.

A free translation to English:

The water company of Madrid, Canal de Isabel II, named after a Spanish queen of the 1800s, has a magnificent water tower close to its headquarter. The 36 meter high tower with a dome-shaped zinc roof and a generous use of brick is designed by engineer Martín y Montalvo. The 12-side tower, with a steel reservoir on 1 500 m³, was built 1908-11 and was in duty until 1952.

After a decision 1985, was the tower restored and rebuilt to galleries. Now is here often photo exhibitions and on inside the white painted walls of the steel-reservoir is there showed multislide presentations and you can get by that experience in the thought/ the reservoir.

Published 2004-03-17

Eber’s water towers in Cirkulation 3/2004

A free translation to English:

The rotation symmetric form round a vertical axle is a very usual design of the water tower reservoirs, and there are good reasons why many towers got this form. A water tower that definitely not belongs to this category was there 1983 on one of the largest sewage treatment plant in Europe – the Beckton Sewage Treatment Plant in the east London, Great Britain.

This concrete water tower was radical avoided from the rotation symmetric form, but it has probably been easier to make the mould. The owner of the Beckton Plant, Thames Water has unfortunately no information of the technical data or of the architect.

Published 2004-04-28

Eber’s water towers in Cirkulation 4/2004

A free translation to English:

Drive across a water tower is not an everyday occurrence. That is however possible to do in five lanes and in two levels in San Francisco, USA. Under the suspension bridge the San Francisco – Oakland Bay Bridge, not to be mistaken for the Golden Gate Bridge, is there standing a smaller water tower, protected from rain. Earlier run over the bridge also the railway, but this traffic was replaced in the 1950s by cars.

The tower is not standing in the most safely blocks in the city, and absolute not as safe as the rather like water tower on the nearby island Alcatraz. Run over water towers has the writer otherwise only seen an excavator make.

Published 2004-06-09

Eber’s water towers in Cirkulation 5/2004

A free translation to English:

Water tower with gallery is not a quite usual phenomenon, but that are in the district Letna in the Czech capital city Prague. It is not known if the architect J. Fialka had the expression “play to the galleries” from the time of Shakespeare in his mind when he design the tower, but it is good places he had shaped.

In the magnificent new renaissance tower form 1888, the architect makes a success to get a reservoir on 197 m³, which give much architecture per m³. The year 1913 was the tower rebuilt, so that there were apartments to the employees of the water work. Today run association’s activities in the rebuilt tower.

Published 2004-08-25

Eber’s water towers in Cirkulation 6/2004

A free translation to English:

Mice are often nearby the humans, with no exception of the water cultures. Thirty kilometres east of Paris are there since circa 10 years a little America – Euro Disneyland, with a water tower inspired by the Mickey Mouse. A tower that is possible to take photos from outside, in contrary to its colleague by Los Angeles.

The architect of the tower is in a more wide sense Walt Disney. The central meaning of the water tower is proved by that that in the emblem of the amusement park there are two equalling symbols – The Castle of The Sleeping Beauty and The Water Tower. One variant of the Mickey Mouse – the water tower variant is doubtless that, that not get water in the ears.

Published 2004-09-29

Eber’s water towers in Cirkulation 7/2004

A free translation to English:

Can you call the water tower in Worms in Rheinland-Phalz as a water-cathedral? There are probably reasons for that. The water tower is apparently built in the same style as the cathedral in this German city. While the cathedral has it’s origin in 1000s, was the water tower built in 1888-1890. That characterize the cathedral is the late Romanesque style of 1100s, the same style that architect K Hofmann has applied to the water tower.

The 58 meter high tower has a reservoir on 1 200 m³. It is an expensive building to a city that at this time only had a population of 32 000 inhabitants and a consumption per capita of 103 litre/person and day.

Published 2004-11-03

Eber’s water towers in Cirkulation 8/2004

A free translation to English:

Frogs and water belongs together, but not in water towers. At the Lyngbyvej in Copenhagen, Denmark is it possible to see twinkle frogs outside the water tower, here as an illuminated advertising. It is a chimney water tower for the confectioner manufacturer of sweets, Galle & Jessen. The 50 m³ large reservoir from 1927 was putting up because the consumption was so large that the municipality main system not at all time could supply the needed water quantity.

The factory was moved 1988, but the water tower was still standing and was protected from 1998 and 10 years ahead. Therefore are there still advertise for one of the company’s great products – chocolate frogs.

Published 2004-12-08

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