In functional terms, a water tower is just about the most uninspiring piece of construction imaginable. Ubiquitous and enormous, they are used to create the pressure that pumps water into local taps, showerheads and swimming pools. But these hulking storage units have become a surprise success story of municipal architecture. Perhaps because of the way they define horizons, water towers invite the fanciful imagination of architects and planners. American water towers have often taken on novelty shapes (corncobs, ketchup bottles, pineapples) while modern architects This story is from Kinfolk Issue Forty Buy Now Related Stories Arts & Culture Issue 48 Figure Skating with Mirai Nagasu The Olympic athlete has known glory, pain and transcendence on the ice. Arts & Culture Issue 48 The Kitchen Sink An ode to the fount of domestic life. Arts & Culture Issue 48 Wim Hof An audience with the Iceman. Arts & Culture Issue 48 Water, Water Everywhere How the 32-ounce water bottle became a lifestyle prop. Arts & Culture Issue 38 Square Spaces On internet aesthetics. Arts & Culture Issue 38 In Season Can charged weather recharge the mind?