Water

“If there is magic on this planet, it is contained in water”
Loran Eisely

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Water. There is nothing so magical in desert climates. I became an architect because I wanted to design fountains. I became enchanted by the whole of architecture and the immense world it encompasses, but have never lost my love for water. All the swimming pools are by commission, in other words at the client’s request. They can be spectacularly beautiful, but, in a way, are the ultimate luxury: they are not necessary, but they are a joy to design.

But I find it hard to live without a fountain: for such a small thing, it give out pleasure and creates an enchanted aura far beyond it’s size. And simply by doing two fountains, one can create the impression of living in a water gardent. Yet oddly enough very few of the fountains I’ve designed have ever come to reality: by the end of construction, most people are concerned with interiors or furnishings or landscaping, or just being done. Costs and worries about maintenance are also a concern. However, as someone who cleans his own fountain, the pleasures of it are worth every ounce of effort.

We are also privileged in our time with the magic of water in the home. Unless one has gone without water for a long time, it is far too easy to take such treats for granted. Ideally, design helps one appreciate the miracle of instant running water in ever more creative sinks, tubs, and showers. And it doesn’t get much better than an outdoor shower with beautiful red rock views.

Charles Van Block   Architects, Inc.  -  2675 W Hwy 89a #1239  -  Sedona AZ 86336  - Tel: 928-607-6446 -  Email

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