In the Netherlands we have a long tradition of fighting against water. Many typical Dutch landscape types owe their identity to this. At the same time the role of seawater seems to be increasing. The reclamation and salinization of the Netherlands form a new reality for which we will have to find a new form of interaction. The natural reflex of the Dutch is to adapt the landscape to the needs of man. With water workshop LOLA, De Onkruidenier turns the perspective on this issue 180 degrees around and looks for aquatic evolution of humans as adaptive species.
Part of the water workshop – designed by Overtreders W – is a material research by De Onkruidenier and Overtreders W into building materials from raw materials that can be extracted and grown in the future production landscape, such as oyster shells, islet cane and madder. The starting point of the research is hemp lime: a building material from hemp shells and lime, from which strong and insulating walls can be built. Step by step, we further develop hemp lime as a circular future-proof building material with new sustainable raw materials as components, other colors and other structures. The results of the weed lime research are first applied in the design for the pavilion of the municipalities of Almere and Amsterdam at the Floriade Expo 2022.
Based on an idea by: De Onkruidenier
Design: Overtreders W
Photography: Jorn van Eck