A new design by the architect Koen Olthuis from Waterstudio could be a new means of bringing bio diversity to cities and highly populated areas with open water sources. By constructing a multi-tiered “tree” like structure, Koen plans to create a habitat for a large variety of plant and animal life. This will beautifully bring a much needed influence of nature to urban areas that require the additional bio diversity.
Urbanisation and climate change put a lot of pressure on available space for nature in city centres. New initiatives for adding extra park zones to a city are rare. Yet these kind of additional habitats for birds, bees, bats and other small animals could bring a lot of positive green effects to the environment of a city.
Called the Sea Tree, the floating structure will provide habitat to animals and plant life both below and above water. Built by technology similar to the common floating oil storage towers, Waterstudio hopes to get large oil companies to pay for and donate Sea Trees to cities/urban places that would benefit from them.
Constructed to to fit the location/task at hand, and placeable on rivers, seas, lakes and harbors it could be helpful in many major cities across the globe. Providing habitat both under and above ground, the Sea Tree could have a big impact on all life near urban areas by allowing animals and sea life to flourish in disclosed locations that require a boost in bio diversity. They also look aesthetically amazing.
Under water the sea tree provides a habitat for small water creatures or even when the climate allows it for artificial coral reefs. The beauty of the design is that it provides a solution and at the same time does not cost expensive space on land while the effect of the species living in the sea tree will effect a zone of several miles around the moored location.