Floating gardens by Anne Holtrop

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Dutch architect Anne Holtrop has collaborated with green technology firm Studio Noach and botanist Patrick Blanc to propose an artificial floating island containing gardens and a spa.

The floating gardens / Spa Wellness Amsterdam project would contain baths and treatment rooms on the inside while the outside would be covered with hydroponic greenery.

The proposal is currently on show at Architecture of Consequences - Dutch designs on the Future at the Netherlands Architecture Institute in Rotterdam.

Here's some info from Holtrop:


floating gardens / Spa Wellness Amsterdam

If architecture is a landscape full of non-coherent but co-existing elements. A landscape where different uses, social relations, spatial organizations and political viewpoints can co-exist simultaneously. If this situation is being emphasized, rather than straighten out, new possibilities can emerge that would otherwise never be found.

The floating gardens design relates with that intention: building on water, architecture and landscape, private & public use and many more aspects.

A surface is - apart from the waterside - probably the most neutral environment for architecture. It is difficult to imagine the architecture of the country to continue on the water. But what architectural form can be found for a building on the water? The approach for floating gardens is to create a construction of a landscape. Like a stone of Alberto Giacometti is a construction of a stone.

The architecture makes the walls and ceilings the outer for hills and valleys. Inside the interior follows the counter form of the landscape. Amorphous areas with faceted ceilings, all of different sizes and heights, blend as one.

A visitor will walk from room to room and experience a sequence of baths, panoramic saunas, chill and relax areas. From the interior, the frame the constructed landscape and give access to outdoor terraces and pools. From thereon paths continue over the hills and through the valleys connecting different spaces.

The persons who walk here, will see a combination of water, vegetation and architecture, which gratifies the human desire for a world that is visible and tangible. Architecture constructs a landscape, a landscape is inhabited. Interior and exterior, landscape and architecture are one.

Credits

architect: Anne Holtrop (in collaboration with Roderik van der Weijden)
developer: Studio Noach (Kizito Musampa and Michel Kreuger)
botanist: Patrick Blanc
location: Amsterdam IJburg surface area: 2.000 m2

extra information
Vegetation

Patrick Blanc who designs his Living Walls all over the world explains: "Do plants really need soil? No, ... Earth is no more than a tool. Just water containing minerals and nutrients, along with common daylight and carbon dioxide are necessary for plants to make photosynthesis possible. "

Blanc has proven his expertise on many locations including museums around the world. From the perspective of nature it is possible for plants to grow on a surface where there is no soil. As long as there’s no shortage of water.

"Floating Gardens / Spa Wellness Amsterdam’ has been developed for the lake near the city where plenty of fresh water is available. A similar island has never been developed anywhere else. A floating sustainable biotope, using recycled materials with a vegetation coating that from its pores literally breaths oxygen and wellness is unique for our planet.

Sustainability

The composite GreenRexwall TM was developed in collaboration with the German constructor Aquahouse GmbH and is that strong and constructive that building cement, steel or bricks are no longer needed. The ultimate isolates, is constructive, and light - not important - it is particularly buoyant. Not just the recycling of polystyrene is environmentally friendly Floating Gardens, the vegetation on the walls and roof, CO2 is converted to oxygen, and particulate matter demolished.

The vegetation is a breeding ground for birds, butterflies and insects but most will feel at home. The innovative technical installations provide big energy savings. The surrounding water acts as a heat exchanger, like a refrigerator works conversely. It can serve as heat - and cooling source and is up 70% more efficient than conventional energy systems.

  • http://amsterdam-trip.com/ amsterdam -er

    thumbs up

  • http://www.jasmax.com jeremy

    seriously…?

  • http://cubicdreams.blogspot.com/ Rebecca @ cubic dreams

    Wow – so magical.

  • figaro

    I love this

  • traysy

    wow! it rocks.. landscape which we have much neglected compared to buildings becomes REAL habitable architectural space

  • Hugo

    Amsterdam a float! Wow, these guys take the cake I will definately visit this place.

  • roel

    prachtig idee, prachtig uitgewerkt.

  • Flynn

    The Dutch know how to deal with water and the French with veggies…..
    Great team. Invite them to NY!

  • Jeroen

    Great images, brilliant idea!

  • INawe

    Fake Island=Disneyland.

    No thank you.

  • Jessica

    Reminds me of Andrea Zittel’s floating island called ‘Pocket Property’.

  • eysa

    wow!i love this .it is a great project which combine the landscape and architecture very perfectly.

  • http://www.coroflot.com/JohnGriffus griffoso

    This design would complete my dreams, to own an island complete wiith a cave house.
    The combination of geo/architecture/house-boat is a fantastic idea, especially since this concept is believable.
    Great Work!

  • Pablo

    Free your mind the rest will follow, Congrats! We come from the caves and the world will show a better face once we go back. Let the conscious monkey hide in beautiful projects like this and give room to all the other species. Room for those is created at the same time., how brilliant!

  • Laura

    flat and floating Guilin landscape? Avatar on water? new Dubai? but you have to have visions!

  • Fling

    This is one of the first ever projects that fulfills the 3 big items on my great design checklist.

    1. “A combination of water, vegetation and architecture, which gratifies the human desire for a world that is visible and tangible.” Not only visible, but also, tangible. Brilliant. Grow some vegetables, and you can add ‘tasty’. These are indeed, human desires for a world, like this one. Which it isn’t, I suppose, because it’s a bunch of renders. But will be, when they build it. Which can’t be far off…

    2. “Architecture constructs a landscape, a landscape is inhabited.” Important one this; you build it, and then you use it. Some people are just not careful enough these days, constructing mexaplexes and then forgetting about them, coming back a few years later saying things like, “Hey, you remeber that megaplex I build a few years ago; can you remeber where I left it?” No risk of this here, it is what is known as a ‘Design Driver’ in the proposals.

    3. “Interior and exterior, landscape and architecture are one.” No need to be nervous here. What this means, to a layperson, is that the outside has an inside, and the inside has an outside.

  • Countcero

    Well done Anne. Next time you travel to Mexico City visit Xochimilco. You will enjoy the “chinampas”, still remaining 700 years old precolombian floating islands that formed Tenochtitlan. You’d be deligthed to see that the concept works. Old aztecs would have had lots of fun at your new topographic fusion of landscape with architecture. Best

  • http://www.JHGphoto.com JHG

    Complex but good idea! The project looks very ineresting

  • Kong

    GREAT !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • rdeamer

    Are those renders projected in 500 yrs because such depth in vegetation, textures. Japanese gardens do not achieve such beauty over night. More bullshit renders.

    Also “hydroponic greenery”. Where are the hydorponic lights?? they hover just out of veiwof the renders. Also where do you plug this hydroponic set up in. That also doesnt sound quite as natural or sustainable as

    “The vegetation is a breeding ground for birds, butterflies and insects but most will feel at home”

    except that its a completely artificial environment so “home” dont know about that.

    who are these retards. they should have worked with the Avatar multimedia tem. and whats more is the crappy triangulations in plan and section. boring. this project really pisses me off. it is an absolute load of crap.

    seriously this is classic

    “The composite GreenRexwall TM was developed in collaboration with the German constructor Aquahouse GmbH and is that strong and constructive that building cement, steel or bricks are no longer needed. The ultimate isolates, is constructive, and light – not important – it is particularly buoyant. Not just the recycling of polystyrene is environmentally friendly Floating Gardens, the vegetation on the walls and roof, CO2 is converted to oxygen, and particulate matter demolished.”

    waht is this miracle material? blah blah blah. Cant believed this fooled people and received positive comments. that is the biggest worry.

  • http://www.arjanscheer.nl/castelmolamoma.html Arjan Scheer

    Nice! Let’s do it!

  • Nils

    Hey Rdeamer, welcome to the 21st century and the world of Patrick Blanc…….
    Ever heard of Musee Quai Branly or do you still live in an original cave?
    Did you always end up with the triangle in music class?

  • ntulnz

    Clever

  • Jetwax

    This is the forerunner for great numbers of floating islands which will produce food for an ever-growing population. One can have so much more control of production, with less need of herbicides. One can imagine others taking the long way round with folks taking extended breaks, enjoying the good life. There’s already a ship doing it. There will no doubt be problems with people creating their own fiefdoms out on the ocean where jurisdiction is undetermined. Love the concept and this particular one is really well thought out. d;-)

  • Fizz

    Pic 5: surely this is the home of Thunderbirds?

  • Kenny

    Cool, calm and collected in stunning style

  • Rune Riis

    very creative and poetic! -beautiful

  • http://www.leonvanooijen.nl Leon van Ooijen

    Great Pics and model. BUT. We have Islands. We have Forests. Why imitate them exactly? Disneyland indeed.

  • Pierre Sinsua

    cant afford an island? get an artificial designer one…brilliant. definitely a market for this

  • Sabir

    BRILLIANT!!!

  • Sergei

    Yes we have islands and yes we have forests, but 70% of this planet is covered with water, and waste polystyrene is a huge problem. So, no ,don’t be affraid people. This is out of the box thinking way beyond Disneyland. It’s the future, right here, right now! Sometimes even God gets help. I would love to have one of these for myself!!
    No visitors please!

  • jen

    I love it too much and I promise to visit Floating Gardens in Amsterdam. From Thailand.
    Cheer! Wish you success in coming year.

  • Frederick

    Does anyone know what kind of architecture style this could be? Would be great to know!