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  • waterconsumption worldwide
    waterconsumption worldwide
  • world map megacities at the coast
    world map megacities at the coast
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    system water energy
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    eplosion sketch
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    explosion sketch technique
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    rendering inside
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    cluster on coast
What It Does

Vereos is a floating greenhouse built for megacities at coastal area designed for consuming a minimum of energy and water.

The Inspiration

A stay abroad in Japan inspired me for my Diploma Thesis Vereos. Healthy nutrition plays a much bigger role there as it does in western countries. What also has a big impression on me was the rare amount of space and the creativity to use that given space as good as possible. That`s the reason why I considered to use unused coastal stripes to grow vegetables. Another shocking fact was for me that Tokyo imports 90% of its foods. Many vegetables are carried by airplane from china, australia, etc. Moreover there are other problems I found out:
- feeding of megacities
- growths and spreading of megacities
- land suitable for cultivation becomes rare
- long ways for food transportation
- high consumption of meat
- irrigation of fields
Through Vereos it is easy to produce local vegetables. Furtherover the ways to transport the food becomes as short as possible. Agriculture needs 70% of consumpted water worldwide.Vereos irrigates vegetables with the technique that is state of the art like hydroponic and reverse osmosis. That's why as little water as possible is being wasted.

How It Works

Vereos is very special because of the new and innovative concept. It unites advantages from several technical areas. At first you can grow vegetables independently from weather. Therefore you can have a better harvest. Another advantage is that you don't need additional fresh water. A reverse osmosis plant produces the fresh water that is needed. Used water is going to be recycled. Through the high tech hydroponic system up to 50% less water is used than regular irrigation systems. All in all it is a closed water cycle. The 3rd advantage is that the plant does not need additional energy. A photovoltaik system creates the energy that is used for the computers and water pumps.
Also there are several additional advantages:
- unused coastal area is used to plant vegetables
- short transportation ways
- higher harvest through modern methods and techniques
- using as little energy and water as possible

Vereos can be set in many metropoles of the world beeing located near the coast, like Tokyo, Hongkong, Manyla, Los Angelos, Mumbai, Istanbul, Soul, etc.

Stages of Development

That project is very interesting because it unites architecture, shipbuilding, growing of vegetables, desalination, photovoltaik system and modern irrigation methods. Since several years I am interested in mangroves that can transform seawater in fresh water using reverse osmosis. First I thought of using transformed saltwater for irrigating fields of vegetables. Through the time I thought of growing plants directly on the water.