Critic _ Iker Gil // Spring 2011

In an effort to prevent the water shortage in Nebraska's near future, the Crystal design offers a highway rest stop that reuses collected water which gets recycled through its own water purifying facility. The stop features pools, fountains, restrooms, aquariums, and car washes that all make use of the design's recycling feature. The self-sustainable system begins at the top of the structure and filters down to the bottom.

The Crystal began as a project researching icons and abstraction. The "leaf" icon was a catalyst in conceptualizing Crystal's vast water networks, which then evolved into a crystallized object covered in a mesh membrane that preserves the form when the glass is not present.