Floating Gardens / Studio Noach + Holtrop

In five days, a new type of spa exhibition will be on display during the “Architecture of Consequence” in the Netherlands.   Studio Noach, along with  Anne Holtrop, developed a floating spa that seems to be a “construction of a landscape”, an extension of the land into the water to create a serene environment.   Using recycled polystyrene and Patrick Blanc’s “living wall” ideas, the architecture of the spa makes the walls and ceilings the outer for hills and valleys while the interior follows the counter form of the landscape.

More about the spa after the break.

The composite GreenRexwall ™, developed in collaboration with the German constructor Aquahouse GmbH, is  a strong and constructive material such that cement, steel and bricks are no longer needed.  The vegetated walls and roof become a breeding ground for birds, butterflies and insects plus the innovative technical installations provide big energy savings. The surrounding water acts as a heat exchanger and cooling source, making the spa up to 70% more efficient than using conventional energy systems.

Cite: Cilento, Karen. "Floating Gardens / Studio Noach + Holtrop" 18 Feb 2010. ArchDaily. Accessed 22 May 2015. <http://www.archdaily.com/?p=49895>
  • http://twitter.com/fineproperties/status/9313764381 Nick Downes

    RT @archdaily: Floating Gardens / Studio Noach + Holtrop http://archdai.ly/d5PCIP What a stunning concept #architecture

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  • http://www.archilocus.com archilocus

    Is using recycled polystyrene a reason to use it so intensively to make such a waste bin ?
    It’s massive, whether they cover it with a few centimeters of green moisture or not…

  • that’s what she

    sick of triangulations!

  • INawe

    Fake Island = Disneyland.

  • airwick

    an arbitrary form, if I’ve ever seen one.

    The composite GreenRexwall ™, developed in collaboration with the German constructor Aquahouse GmbH, is a strong and constructive material such that cement, steel and bricks are no longer needed

    hmm, this leaves a bit too much to the imagination… surely a product placement of extraordinary, not so subtle, proportions.

    that said, I would like to have my facials done here, as well as partake in the steambath social events, I’m sure will be the fantasy of the elite, once this place gets built.

    Well done ;)



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  • George V

    Apart from the magnificent architecture I think it’s fantastic to no have the polystyrene sitting in our polluting landfills for hundreds of years…

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  • mro

    actually triangles are the strongest shape. and at that, it doesnt matter if the understructure is triangulated to achieve the contoured look theyre seeking. hence, no one cares if you think its been “done before” if the triangulation that bores you to death is not the end result but an means to the end result.

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  • http://twitter.com/elizahleigh/status/10655434532 Elizah Leigh

    A floating spa or “construction of a landscape” – an extension of the land into the water, creating a serene environment. http://is.gd/aMO7F

  • http://www.pixelab.be Philippe

    Note to ARCHDAILY.

    It would be nice to mention who did the visulas. You don’t do it often ! In this case mir.no

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  • http://www.mylooer611.com Ianne

    Thank you, thank you, thank you for getting this message out.,Obed

  • akamas

    The German constructor has proved to be a fake company in the past, not even able to produce 1 cm2 for several years as there hasn´t been existing any production plant. The dutch developers should have been aware of this fact and have therefore been part of this fake all the time. Such developments are dreamings, ideas far beyond reality, nothing more.