Fresh Water Bubble
Connecting to the dynamics of landscape-forming processes
Fresh Water Bubble
Natural processes such as banking up and silting are causing the island to grow with the sea level. Dunes can bank up higher on the North Sea side, whereas the dike can become a wide zone on the Wadden Sea side. The rising of dunes and polder is increasing the storage capacity of the fresh water bubble underneath the island. Water consumption is reducing and cycles closing thanks to the remodelling of the polder and the reuse of waste water. The island offers gradients to become self-sufficient and to export regional products. The polder is big enough to provide residents and tourists with food all year round. The island offers gradients to become self-sufficient and to export regional products. The polder is big enough to provide residents and tourists with food all year round.
Four principles for a self-sufficient island
The need to grow with the sea level
Village food edge
In order to provide food for tourists and residents alike, around 33 hectares of production land is required. Meat, dairy products, fish and shellfish are produced at different locations on the island.
Reuse of sewage water
By relocating the sewage water purification plant to the dune side of the polder, the purified water can be used to grow food crops. A horticultural zone of 33 hectares will be located next to the village. The quantity of purified sewage water will be highest in the summer, just when the plants need it the most.
The future landscape of Schiermonnikoog
Strategy for making the island self-sufficient in food and energy
About the designers
LAMA landscape architects is founded in 2013 by Claire Laeremans en Jorryt Braaksma (both obtained their Master’s degree in landscape architecture at the Amsterdam Academy of Architecture). LAMA mainly works in the Low Countries on a wide spectrum of projects and combines research with implementation projects. In 2016 LAMA won the Prize on Public Space with its initiative ‘the Ideal Street Profile’. The bureau was selected for the Young Innovaters Award in 2017 by the Dutch Board of Government Advisors, to work on recreational landscapes in the province of Drenthe under the mentorship of State Architect Floris Alkemade. The project Openspace Perspective Niles, from LAMA and Brut won the Planning Prize 2018. At the moment the LAMA team consists of a team with expertise in landscape architecture, urban planning, architecture, ecology and hydrology.