Crystal's iPad-controlled water feature bursts into life at The Washington Harbour
Crystal, the international water feature specialist, has helped regenerate The Washington Harbour in Georgetown, located northwest of Washington D.C, with a modern water feature that’s designed to 'entertain' the public. The Washington Harbour location has views to the Potomac River and includes office, condominium and retail space with extensive amenities.
Crystal’s new musical fountain is located in a pool along the harbour’s lower plaza and the contemporary water feature makes use of the very latest technology to entertain visitors and thus help drive footfall to the re-developed area. During the day the fountain features subdued programmed water shows that serve as noise reduction for surrounding businesses.
But at night, customers of the restaurants and bars located around the water feature are entertained with dynamic musical fountain shows. These are combined with programmed LED lights and sequenced jets that enable water to reach heights of up to 60ft. Now a landmark commercial and leisure destination, The Washington Harbour in Georgetown was recently transformed following an estimated $30m revitalisation project by real estate firm MRP Realty.
The fountain includes other unique aspects which are at the forefront of modern water feature design. For example, it comprises a 'Smart Custom Show Controller' that’s run by an iPad - this automated 'Musical Control System' provides an interface with any audio system signal sent to it - including an iPhone or iPad. When the smart controller receives the audio signal, the control panel switches to 'choreograph' mode where it dynamically controls the fountain in real time, in sequence to any music selected.
Traditionally fountains in colder climates such as Washington’s are turned off during the winter months to prevent them from freezing. However, Crystal’s new water feature at Washington Harbour is a multi-faceted fountain design. The fountain area can be switched off to accommodate special events or even carry through to winter months. The fountain area was specially designed to enable the water feature pool to transform into a 12,000 sq ft outdoor ice skating rink between November and March, and therefore continuing to entertain and attract visitors.
Rob Mikula, director of special projects at Crystal, who was responsible for the water feature commented: "The central fountain for Washington Harbour in Georgetown was the opportunity to collaborate on a truly distinctive project. It combined the challenge of old and new, incorporating with existing infrastructure and integrating newer technologies such as the musical show automation.
“The additional requirement to morph the pool of this 7,600 sq ft contemporary water feature into a 12,000 sq ft artificial skating rink in colder months creates a unique year-round active urban space, which was clearly an important initiative as this was part of a wider regeneration project. It was a pleasure to work with the folks at MRP & Gensler who have a particular talent and vision when it comes to transforming public spaces.”