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 38 Square Spaces On internet aesthetics. Arts & Culture Issue 38 In Season Can charged weather recharge the mind? Arts & Culture Issue 37 Consider the Hot Tub Cleaning up the history of steamy soaks. Arts & Culture Issue 36 In Season An ode to summer’s great springboard. Arts & Culture Issue 35 Solid, Liquid + Gas One element. Three states. When faced with change, be like water. Arts & Culture Fashion Partnerships Issue 34 HaaT: Makiko Minagawa In partnership with HaaT, creative director Makiko Minagawa talks tradition, textiles and a half-century of collaborating with Issey Miyake.