The Farmer’s pool
ANDREA JASCI CIMINI
In the Abruzzo hilly areas of central Italy, for centuries, water regulation and control systems have been built for agricultural purposes.
In particular the “peschiera” are tanks built in order to collect water from nearby springs and make it easily usable for irrigation.
Usually under the peschiera there was the vegetable garden, irrigated by a gravity system. Plus this open-air pool, in the middle of the countryside, has favored the creation of small ecosystems with plants and small aquatic fauna.
The "the farmer's pool" project is designed to replace a concrete peschiera from the 1960s, surrounded by spontaneous vegetation and some olive trees.
The main idea is to continue to preserve the springs, considering the water reserve as a precious and important asset.
It was decided not to create an underground tank. Both because it is not necessary (the water is used only for agricultural purposes), and to allow again the colonization of plants and small animals that already lived around the fish pond before.
At the same time, it was decided to protect the tank with a wall that shades it (avoiding excessive overheating) and partially protects it from pesticide products distributed by pumps and tracked vehicles on nearby land.
The tub and wall system is an opportunity to create an architectural space. A contemplative and resting place where farmers can rest during the hot hours of the day. It is also a special place in which to view the landscape through openings placed in specific and important points of the territory.
A space also designed to welcome visitors to the estate and as a place to taste local agricultural products on the spot.
A celebration of water and the visual recognition of its importance in the life cycle of the countryside and man.