A Cool Staircase Turned This Abandoned Tower Into a Nature Observatory

The stark concrete inside of an out-of-service water tower might not spring to mind as a place to take in beautiful views. But Netherlands architecture firm Zecc created just that, using a naked wood stairway to draw viewers to the 150-foot-high observation deck overlooking De Wieden National Park. Check out … » 5/01/14 1:42pm 5/01/14 1:42pm

Neon Lights Make These NYC Water Towers Into Inter-Dimensional Portals

Have you ever stuck your head up a water tower? Wait, what? You haven't? Well, here's your chance. On display at Madison Square Park in New York right now are three water towers, each illuminated with neon lights and mirrors. Even if you're not in New York, you can take a look at these trippy photos. » 3/18/14 3:00pm 3/18/14 3:00pm

7 of the World's Weirdest Water Towers

Middle America's decorative water towers—not those nasty things in New York—hold a special place in the annals of Americana history. They serve as both a public utility and as a community's spiritual centerpiece—like a Midwestern totem pole, highlighting and reflecting the local cultural identity. » 1/31/14 9:00am 1/31/14 9:00am

NYC's Charming Water Towers Are Actually Bacteria-Filled Horrorshows

Ah, New York—the sparkling skyline! The bustling streets! The... poop-filled water tanks? According to a new report from The New York Times, the city's roughly 17,000 water tanks are totally unsanitary and widely unregulated. » 1/27/14 10:00am 1/27/14 10:00am

Field of Light: Nikolai Tesla Meets Lenny Kravitz

When I see images of Bruce Munro's Field of Light » 9/30/08 10:00pm 9/30/08 10:00pm installation, whatever glumness I might have felt during the day disappears, and that Beatle-esque Lenny Kravitz song of a similar name starts playing in my head. If I had the chance to check out Munro's light installation, coming to Project Eden in Cornwall, England…