During the design phase of the project much time and attention was devoted to the durability of the building. The energy in the building will be generated by solar panels, on a warm day the temperature will be regulated by sun blinds and, also in this building, a heat/cold storage facility will be created. This is a method of storing energy underground in the form of heat or cold. The technique is used to heat or cool buildings. Also water will be transported via gravity, which saves a lot of energy with the water filtration.
Discover nature as a visitor in Burgers’ Mangrove
The visitor starts in the Central-American Belize with characteristic little houses. Via one of the little houses the visitors walks into the ecosystem of the mangrove, where all the animals largely live in freedom. On the inside are also little houses, which connect the indoors and the outdoors with each other. Next the adventurer curiously walks across a little beach with, among others, iguanas that serves as a transition between the land and the manatee creek, which is crossed via a bridge. The plank bridge winds through a mangrove forest and ends at a mud plain where crabs are busy everywhere collecting their food during low tide and finding a safe haven during high tide. Also the fish and mangrove jelly-fish can be observed from up close. Slowly the visitor walks down until suddenly he stands face to face with manatees, thanks to a large panorama window of 12 x 1.8 metres. The path leads further inland through the higher tropical dry forest with its many nectar plants, where not just over one thousand butterflies can be discovered, but also other animal species, like various birds and reptiles. Nowhere in the world can such a large variety of mangrove animals and species of plants be found under one roof and create such a lifelike designed ecosystem.