Bridgette Meinhold

Waterstudio.nl's Sea Tree is a Protected Floating Habitat for Flora & Fauna

by , 12/22/11

Sea Tree, Waterstudio.nl, floating habitat, animal preserve, floating structure, protected reserve

The Sea Tree is a floating structure moored out in the water by a cable that holds a series of layers for a variety of species. The structure would be built using offshore technology similar to oil storage towers, which can be found on open seas and can be designed for specialized locations like rivers, lakes or the ocean. Totally self-sufficient, the structure serves as a base that will eventually grow and support a wide range of flora and fauna including birds, bees, bats and other small animals that will help bring a positive environmental benefit to the city. The structure is also designed with narrow and steep sides at the water line so that people cannot get onto it and bother the animals.

Waterstudio.nl dreamed up this concept to help protect natural habitats in urban areas and they thought it would be especially perfect for New York City. Their hope is that large companies, like oil companies, would purchase these structures and donate them to cities as a way of showing their concern for animal habitats. Moored to the bottom of the water floor, the structure can move slightly with the wind and waves. Eventually the animals would overtake these forms and make them their own without taking up valuable space on land.

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3 Comments

  1. vishv11 February 5, 2012 at 5:38 am

    very nice and innovative idea.It would definitely help our environment in a lot of ways.But are the aspects such as prevention of intervening of one layer to another is being kept in mind.Every specie has a nature of its own and a way of growing.If it is disturbed by other species then the results might be different from what expected.

  2. tye45 December 23, 2011 at 9:47 am

    Very pretty, but I don’t see many islands that are this diverse. Most end up supporting only one bird species. Who is mining the bat guano and bird poop? Better take care of the down stream to keep the upstream looking aesthetic. Sell-ability 90%, practicality 10%. It’s a lot of money to spend supporting Gulls, if it is not tended.

  3. Kyio December 22, 2011 at 3:28 pm

    This is a great idea. I would add to it small rodentia and bug life as well. Mice, squirrels, rats.. they are part of the tree line ecology and food source for the birds. Granted, they’ll probably introduce themselves, but they should be planned for.

    Instant hit with bird watchers and divers. I could see a riverboat tour of the towers in a city with many.

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