Location: floating islands for the Weerwater, exhibition 'Constructs’ in the Pavilioens, Almere
A proposal for floating islands in Almere
Curator: Esther de Boer
Commission: de Paviljoens, City Council of Almere
Materials: water, steel, bitumen, wood
Status: not realised
'Archipel' is a proposal, thought-experiment for two gigantic, floating islands in the Weerwater in response to Rem Koolhaas' (OMA) master plan for the city of Almere-City. The design by Koolhaas organised the city in axes, running, straight to the lake 'Weerwater', touching Almere. But on the lake, basically nothing happens. The two, connecting islands formulate the idea of extending the city into its seemingly empty spaces and to enrich it by adding a cultural and a scientific sphere through having an floating amphitheater and a research institute on the lake on the technical and social possibilities for and prototypes of floating islands in the Netherlands.