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 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. 

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 without much light

A camera will be attached underneath the insect park to record any activities. Around the park we place information boards that describe what is happening and why, so go take look! Note that it is not safe to walk on it since there are many iron wires pointing out and the park is full of thistles. 

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.