Urban Water Lilies.

An urban project where everything floats as water lilies.
Project design was instinctively developed under basic and determinant assumptions reflected from the local. Water, rurality, urbanity and cultural habits and traditions.

We have tried to form an interactive balance among all the premises and found in nature a conceptual framework that served as a starting point for the formalization of our urban housing plan. The floating water lilies.
These living water organisms are in their essence specimens that naturally make a “bridge” between water and land world, developing a particular and sustainable ecosystem. Simultaneously the floating water lilies are also a recognizable icon of the Friesland province identity.

Our proposal design was based in this concept, trying to develop a new parallel urban system.
The need to combine and establish environmental relationships within the study area and the city of Leeuwarden, led us to a cellular organization, created from the abstraction of a water lilies set.

Through the juxtaposition, overlap and repetition of the floating cells we were able to organize and develop a unique residential and common environment with high integration of water, green spaces and agricultural areas.
In this way it was possible to bring together all the new residential habits and the natural /rural preexistences, creating a sustainable residential system in harmonious coexistence with the urban and natural environments.

Link to other Urban Desing Experiments by OOIIO Architecture.

  • Status: Competition.
  • Project Year:: 2010.
  • Location: Leeuwarden, Holland.
  • Area: 300.000 m2.
  • Design: : OOIIO Architecture+ OODA.
  • Team: Joaquin Millan, Jesus Reyes, Joanna Siejak, Ana Sanchez, Emiliano d´Incecco, Ana Mendicuti, Juan Jose Ortega, Diogo Brito, Rodrigo Vilas-Boas, Francisco Lencastre, Francisca Santos, Diogo Mesquita, Lourenço Menezes.
  • Client: Europan 11.