Blue Habitats

Build and learn from underwater ecosystems

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We contribute to a better water quality.

We see floating facilitities as an important solution to urbanization but in a sustainable and green way.

We design floating parks that contribute to insect life and attach artificial ecosystems underneath to increase aquatic biodiversity.

Floating Insect Park

Due to international legislation and global climate change people are urged to think of different, more sustainable and flexible ways of building. Cities are growing at speeds humans can barely comprehend, everybody wants to live close to the water. With this development floating constructions, and even entire cities are gaining more popularity rapidly. With the floating insect park, we want to show that the floating buildings need to contain nature as well; and maybe even more important they need to enhance nature above and below the water level. On top of the floating park we suggest placing plants that attract pollinators. However, other applications are possible as well. Underneath the Floating insect park, we place the Blue fins of our own design and altered to your specific location and needs.

Projects

Eindhoven

JUL - 2020

In the city Eindhoven Blue Habitats designed and realized their first project in the shape of a floating insect park in the freshwater river called Tongelreep. The pilot is done in cooperation with architecture firm Waterstudio, 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. wo groups of pupils of two high schools in the Netherlands (Delft and Zwolle) made designs we used to integrate in our design.

Boskoop

JAN - 2018

In the village of Boskoop our partner Tiny Floats built a tiny house that was designed by Waterstudio. Alongside the tiny house we placed floating flower containers that enhance the natural experience of the environment in which the owners live. It emphasises a gradual overflow of the canal bank. The pontoons are placed so the owners or their visitors are able to walk around the house while seeing the vegetation and fauna that is attracted by it.

Heiloo

JAN - 2020

In Heiloo a pilot is launched with which two new materials are being tested, being Xiliet and the patented Misapor. Misapor is used for the floating capacity of the park and Xiliet is a residual product from lignite mines. The proportion of is 25 parts carbon on 1 part nitrogen which is part of the reason it is so well able to filter nitrates and phosphates out of the water. The material allows for ground to settle inside the open spaces which in their turn allow for plants to grow. No supplementary information is yet available.

Jasper Vermeulen (1993), studied Land and Water Management at Van Hall Larenstein University; one of the few studies of its kind. In 2020 he was elected as one of the sustainable young 100 of the Netherlands by the Dutch government and supporters for his representation within Blue Habitats. He went to South Africa to educate emerging farmers on resilient water management and was involved in the Haven-Stad project in Amsterdam, the largest housing project the Netherlands has ever known.

Jasper Vermeulen

Koen Olthuis (1971) studied Architecture and Industrial Design at Delft University. In 2007 he was chosen as no. 122 on Time Magazine’s list of most influential people in the world due to the increasing worldwide interest in water developments. In addition, the French magazine, Terra Eco, choose him in 2011 as one of 100 green persons that will change the world. "A sustainable future lies beyond the waterfront"

Koen Olthuis

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