The “Bromelia” project comes about from the need to acquire and store
rainwater for subsequent use. It is the first design of its kind, and
comprises a main body (column) and catchment tank at the top that
reaches a diameter of around 9 metres and can be equipped with a
photovoltaic film. The whole structure is reminiscent of a tropical
plant – a bromelia – which stores the rainwater inside its hollow body.
The structural part of the “bromelia” is made of steel while the
facing and visible parts are made of painted sheet metal. The dimensions
of the hydraulic components vary according to the rainfall rates in the
geographical areas where they will be installed. In particular the
water storage tank will have a proportional capacity to the number of
“bromelias” installed. Moreover, the “plants” can also serve as urban
decoration thanks to the possibility to add seats, waste baskets,
lighting, wi-fi antennas and LED monitors to the bodies. They can serve
as a shelter from the sun or rain or as a stop for means of public
The “bromelia” project is protected by a patent.