• Client: Floriade BV
  • Location: Venlo
  • Year: 2007-2012

Floriade 2012 Water Games

Venlo - The Floriade, the world's largest horticultural expo, takes place once every ten years. ARCADIS Landscape Architecture laid out the Floriade Park according to an integrated approach in which design, engineering and realisation were also included in one contract.

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Floriade 2012 Water Games

Landscape architect John Boon was the chief designer of the team of landscape architects. The Floriade attracted millions of visitors. The central theme of the 2012 edition was 'Be part of the theatre in nature; get closer to the quality of life', based on the concept that horticulture is a decisive factor in quality of life. ARCADIS Landscape Architecture provided the functional, landscape and cultural-technical design for the expo site. The water playgrounds were designed in collaboration with the Driseitl studio and were a huge success, both with children and adult visitors to the Floriade.

A large water playground was created by the water pavilion. Water from the roof ran through a pond to the large pond at the World Show Stage. The ‘Floriade Swings’ were wonderful, recognisable elements children could play with constantly. Eventually, the water ended up on a ramp with lots of red playing elements such as pulling locks.

Project data

LocationVenlo Google Maps
Size1 ha
Design2007-2010
Construction2010
ClientFloriade BV
TeamJohn Boon, Leonieke Heldens, Kees Neven
Floriade 2012 Water Games
Floriade 2012 Water Games
Floriade 2012 Water Games
Floriade 2012 Water Games