Surfaces from us, habitats from nature 

Floating insect park, Prehistoric museum, Eindhoven 

In the city Eindhoven Blue Habitats designed and realized their first project in the shape of a floating insect park in the fresh water river called Tongelreep. The pilot is done in coöperation with architecture firm Waterstudio, Eindhoven museum (also known as prehistoric village) and Water board De Dommel.  The location is close to the centre of Eindhoven, in Ton Smitspark, and will be for everybody to see both above and under water. The under water area is the main aspect of this floating insect park. Read further to see why! 

The construction 

With a variety of Blue fins underneath five different square-shaped floating segments a surface is provided for aquatic flora and fauna underwater. On the surface almost 52 square meters of plants are put that attract insects. Underneath every segment there are six Blue fins made in either a different material, or a different shape. The Blue fins have a height of 50, 60 and 70 centimeters. The orientation of the Blue fins is chosen with in mind the direction of the water flow and thus the nutriënt transport. The complexity of the structures provides sheltered areas as well as open areas. Fish for example, can use these Blue fins as spawning spots or for shelter.  Eventually we want to know what material works the best to attract aquatic plants and animals to apply this on a larger scale.  On the right you see one of us pointing at invertebrates on one of the willow blue fins. Furthermore the pontoons household, bamboo, steel mat, construction steel and coconut mat Blue fins. 

Research

With data from the waterboard we made an inventarisation of the occuring  species, aquatic and non-aquatic, and processed this in the design of the island and Blue fins. 

We want nature to do the work eventually; we provide the Blue fins without any growth on them and the rest will follow. This way we increase our, and your knowledge on how the biofouling process proceeds on the fins

Once a month a camera is attached underneath the insect park to record activities on the Blue fins. Around the park information boards will be placed so you can read what is happening and why, so go take look! With the video footage we determine the occurring species and show it to everyone interested on our Instagram, Facebook and LinkedIn. Follow us through the links below. 

Primary school

Two groups of pupils of two high schools  in the Netherlands (Delft and Zwolle) made designs we used to integrate in our design. The students of the Christian school in Delft worked on the design from september till december 2018. In this period they used their parents garden to follow the biofouling process on ropes hanging down the pond. 

The students of Thorbecke school in Zwolle researched the possibilities for a functional design from june 2018 till march 2019 with the aim to increase the biodiversity. We used their choice of material (coconut mat) for one of the of the Blue fins series.