As our commercial water design series continues, we explore the option using mists as a visual element to capture interest and take advantage of unique aspects of nighttime viewing. We hope you’ll be inspired to utilize the incredible characteristics of water in your future projects. As you decide which water element best fits your architectural needs, you can explore all options including Creating An Atmosphere, Visual Characteristics of Water, The Beautiful Sights and Sounds of Water, and Mesmerizing Ice Fountain Sculptures.
Mist has an intriguing and mysterious quality that provides a viewing experience unlike other water designs. Mist effects have strong visual characteristics and illuminate well for nighttime viewing. In addition to its visual appeal, mist transcends another of the human senses; touch. Mist water features are used effectively to create cooling environments in warm weather climates, as the drift of vapor against patron’s skin creates a cooling sensation. Mist creates a gentle way of reaching out of the confines of traditional water elements, and is almost always an option for only outdoor locations.
Achieving a Desired Effect Using Mist
Water in a highly active state emitting small particles of water is what we call a mist water effect. Typically, mist is produced by high pressured water emitting from a small orifice nozzle. Mist effects are typically used in outdoor settings, because of the amount of vapor produced which would not be advisable for an indoor environment. The way that mist is achieved using using a small orifice nozzle to emit water, a strict maintenance schedule is required to avoid issues with debris and calcium build-up.
If you are interested in designing visual effects using mist, you can take advantage of our complimentary Concept Validation and Budget Analysis.
This Water Design Series is by Greg Stoks, Principal at Commercial Aquatic Engineering. The purpose is to add useful content to CAE social media venues to help readers better understand design considerations when utilizing water as an architectural element. Read more about this Commercial Water Design Series.