REVIVE the Nuclear Legacy

For this group project we investigated how a decommissioned power plant could be reborn. This student project was completed on the request by Ro & Ad architects.

Bio - Inspired Design
Utrecht University
Group project

Problem Statement

The nuclear power plant in Borssele, the Netherlands is nearing the end of its lifetime. The question for this project was centred on how a decommissioned powerplant can add value to the community and surroundings.

Design Process

Surround Scan

A surround scan showed that that rising sea levels and increasing waves could create future problems in the area. Rising sea level also leads together with drop in fresh ground water in an increase in salinization. The existing energy infrastructure is also connected to offshore wind parks. Furthermore is the Joint Research Centre (JRC) going to be also located in Middelburg, close to the plant. The region surrounding the plant is used for agriculture and the biobased argo-chemical industry is also in close proximity.

Inspiring Organisms

The Pygmy Owl. These owls make seemingly inhospitable places, among cactuses, its home.

Radiotropic Fungus. A fungus that thrives under gamma radiation and is able to shield that type of radiation as well. A lot about this fungus is still unknown.

Bees. The beehives they product and its strong hexagonal structures can provide ideas for inspirational construction styles.

Final Concept

The combination of the proximity to the JRC and the unique location and character of the place led to the concept of SCEER. The Sustainability Centre for Extreme Event Research. With this centre we envision the knowledge creation that can increase the resilience of our society to future events.

Research at SCEER

The dome
Testing site for radiotrophic fungi, which shields some of the radiation.

Utilizing its strength, a testing ground for research under extreme environments.

The Iconic structure is preserved, a reminder that dirty fuels can be a thing of the past.

A designated area is used to both grow and research food growth in saline soil. 

Aqua farming
Plants are grown in spheres in the shallow water for research purposes.

Biodiversity at SCEER

The area around the plant will serve as a safe haven for local flora and fauna.

Energy at SCEER

Energy production
Energy is produced by wave power and by wind turbines.

Energy storage
The energy generated is stored at times where it is not needed in an aqua battery.

Biogas production
The local biological waste will be used to generate biogas.

Living at SCEER

Honeycomb tiny housesThe honeycomb tiny houses allow for modular living. As an addition they also provide protection from the sea water as they are water tight.