The six studios, which also included Eric Parry Architects, ADAM Architecture and Allford Hall Monaghan Morris (AHMM), were asked to design water dispensing structures for sites in Kensington, Soho and on the South Bank.
Each fountain incorporates contemporary Turkish ceramics, referencing the Ottoman-inspired marble kiosks that could be found across Turkey during the seventeenth century.
The fountain by Zaha Hadid Architects features a large cantilevered canopy that extends up from the water collection pool. "Traditional Ottoman fountain kiosks became meeting points, gathering places for a community to connect," said project architect Saffet Kaya Bekiroglu. "With large protective cantilevers, the fountains often include ceramic tiling and our proposal translates these characteristics to contemporary use within a design informed by the continuous loop of the water cycle."
Studio Weave's design comprises a series of colourful Watering Poles that can accommodate plants. Studio co-founder Maria Smith explained: "In marking points around the city from which free drinking water can be collected, the Watering Poles also create way-finding markers and new informal gathering spots for London."
Eric Parry Architects proposes a structure that can also host a news stand or drinks vendor, while Hopkins Architects has designed a structure that curves over to form a shelter. "Our kiosk aims to make the dispensing of water a celebrated urban event which will draw people together and add drama to the public realm in London," said Ken Hood of Hopkins.
The design by AHMM is for a dispenser that would source free water from the mains beneath the ground and the fountain by ADAM Architecture is conceived as a mural of patterned tiles.
The hope is that the fountains will not only stand as landmarks across the city and give people a place to meet, but also put a dent in the 13 billion bottles of water sold each year in the UK.
All six designs will be on show at the Building Centre in London from February 21 to March 14. The project was organised by the Architects' Journal in partnership with Turkishceramics.