The floating greenhouse is a flexible project that can be moved to other locations in the numerous harbors of Rotterdam. As a case study it could be realized in different cities in Europe or elsewhere in densely populated places by the water. The stadskas also contributes to the opportunities of urban development in the times of rising sea levels.
The stadskas is positioned perpendicular to the quai, in order to keep sight-lines from adjacent streets open and for a maximum view to the surrounding skyline.
Furthermore it is the optimum position for the stadskas in terms of sunlight orientation. The short elevation is positioned towards the southwest in order to minimize exposure to radiation.
The stadskas comprises several layers which are stacked on top of the pontoon:
- in the base of the pontoon there is space for storage, facilities and water cleaning
- the pontoon is 16m wide, which makes very suitable for a car parking floor just on top of the basement. The parking function helps financing the project. The parked cars will be surrounded by a facade of plants.
- The greenhouse and the programmed boxes are situated on a steel deck. The deck is wider than the greenhouse thus creating a surrounding terrace, which serves as a narrow balcony for visitors and as an escape route.
A large and wide staircase gives acces to the stadskas.
It is provided with a stairlift for handicapped access and its middle part can open like a garage door for car access.