RAIN(A)WAY IS THE RAINWATER SPECIALIST FOR A CLIMATEPROOF CITY
We are specialized in solving water problems. Due to climate change the world has to cope with more and more floodings and heatstress. Our unique design method reduces the concequences of climate change. We integrate rainwater in our designs, and show the natural beauty of water. This way, rain will not be seen as a problem, but it will give urban space more value. We handle water problems in a smart and playful matter.
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DESIGN AND ADVICE
You can trust us to advice and help to design your public space. We are eager to work with partners such as municipalities, water boards and landscape architects. Whether it is design of new public spaces or improvement of existing streets, Rain(a)Way will be a valued asset to your project. Our unique design method is essential in the design of your public space, giving your project an original and sustainable touch.
Our main goals are to:
- Disconnect rainwater pipes from the sewer system
- Remove surface paving
- Create awareness through education
- Prevent water pollution
- Prevent heatstress
- Use rainwater in an effective way
- Make water currents visible
SINT ANNA SQUARE
In 2017, BURO013 approached Rain(a)Way to work together on a new design for the Sint Anna square. Van Gogh lived in one of the houses surrounding the square when he was 11 years old. The square’s new concept is based on five ingredients of Vincent Van Goghs work and life: Tilburg’s location, the use of colour, Van Gogh’s time at the King Willem ll college, a sketch from his time at Tilburg and the home where he used to live formed the base of the design. The research for every one of these things was done by BURO013. Using this research, Rain(a)Way designed a beautiful new square.
In addition to the layout of the square, Rain(a)Way has also designed seating objects. These objects are made in the same colours as the tiles. What’s special about the seatings are the letters cast into the concrete. These letters tell the story of St. Annaplein and Vincent van Gogh. The letters are facts about Van Gogh and his life. One of the letter says “Het heeft wel iets van Tilburg ofzoo” ( translation: ‘It has something of Tilburg or so’) which Van Gogh wrote in a letter to his brother.
This project at WOW Amsterdam is unique, simple and accessible. Fien Dekker was approached by Luca van de Putten for a new design for WOW Amsterdam’s entrance. Luca van der Putten is the founder of the PlantageLAB, who connects entrepreneurs, students, neighborhood residents, artists and scientists. To keep things going smoothly, Fien and Luca contacted Rainproof Amsterdam. Rainproof is a water expert in Amsterdam. They have provided advice in many areas, including the feasibility of the project. Infiltration through the tiles and the connection to the water network of Amsterdam is a very important part of this project. The possibilities for applying the Rain(a)Way tiles were researched. We decided to replace a portion of the current pavement. The Rain(a)Way tiles are an addition to the current system. Existing rain pipes and columns persist, these are included in the design to ensure optimum storage and infiltration without flooding. The design adds a unique experimental garden to PlantageLAB’s projects.
BLAUWE HOEF AT BERGEIJK
The Blauwe Hoef at Bergeijk knew the effects of climate change. During big rainfalls the whole street used to be flooded and drain covers flew into the air because the sewege system could not handle the excessive amount of water. As part of the technical solution, the municipality has set non-return valves, but they also wanted to actively involve the residents in the management of (urban) water. To resolve these questions, Rain(a)Ways help was asked.
The residents were getting involved into the design-process by a workshop. A maquette made by Fien gave a clear visual of the street. This way the citizens could easily visualize the changes that were to be made, and give suggestions.
By not hiding the rainwater in the drainpipes, but moving and storing it in a visible way we created an attractive, dynamic, environment. Rainwater is led to a lowered playground, a central point in the street. The specially designed Rain(a)Way ‘Ebb’ tiles form small urban rivers. Rainwater from residents can thus be connected to the public space via the drain. There is a visually attractive area with a pleasant living environment, while potential flooding is also eliminated.
To reach our goals we developed four tiles. The Flood tile has three varieties: open, closed and permeable. This tile’s main purpose is to store rainwater in a visible and original manner. The Ebb tile is a supportive tile. It leads rainwater in a visible and visually appealing way to a desired infiltration or storage location. The Ebb tile is an especially great addition to an urban space when rainwater is collected at considerable distances.
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The ‘Permeable Flood’ tile is a unique product which consists of two different types of concrete. The lower layer is water-permeable and allows the rainwater to slowly seep into the ground. If necessary, filling-up the tiles completely with gravel makes it possible to walk on top of the pattern.
The ‘Flood Open’ tile has open spaces between the tiles through which water can flow away. In order to prevent plants growing on top and to enhance the visual effect, gravel can be used to fill the hollow spaces. Using gravel you can also make sure you can walk on top of the tiles. However, in this case you will lose the water visibility and a large portion of the water storage capacity.
The ‘Flood Closed’ tile has a dense water-proof type of concrete leading to water flowing away through the junctures between the tiles. Therefore, this type of tile stores the rainwater longer so that even with small amounts of water the effect can be experienced.
The ‘Ebb’ tile is constructed out of water-proof concrete and therefore does not permeate water. However, by creating smart patterns you can disperse water evenly throughout your square, street or garden, infiltrating the soil while preventing local flooding. Or you can lead the water to an infiltration or storage location.