Background

Background

 

An unconventional idea

Biotopia started out as an innovative idea in the multi-disciplinary field of biology, horticulture and landscape planning. A student at the Swedish University of Agricultural Science brought the idea to Venture Cup, a competition of innovation and entrepreneurship. The idea of Biotopia was awarded two prices in the competition and the concept of combining conservation biology with landscape design started to develop into a business in 2007.

 

Collaborations towards a sustainable future

The pilot project in Aqaba, Jordan – a model building for energy efficiency – was a truly unique collaboration between architect Florentine Visser, project developer Emtairah Consulting and Biotopia providing the energy efficient landscaping.  Carefully chosen plants tolerant of extreme drought and chemical residues from the grey water irrigation system proved to form a very successful and functional yet beautiful garden.

 

Positive results and moving forward

Three years after starting the AREE project in Aqaba, results showed significant energy savings due to reduced need of air condition, much thanks to the green roof that proved to insulate from heat even more efficiently than normal insulated roofs. The roof garden is also a popular place for residents to enjoy the cool breeze from the red sea, while having dinner or just relaxing in the evening among lush succulent leaves and flowering plants creating a true oasis in the arid landscape of sand and rock.

 

Today, Biotopia has developed into a company based on innovative ideas and a global approach. With a web based office to complement the head office at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU Alnarp) a strong network of B2B partnerships can meet and collaborate, allowing each project to be tailor made, to best meet the requirements of customers world wide.

 

Contact us

BIOTOPIA
Östra Kristinelundsvägen 27D
217 48 Malmö, Sweden
E-mail: biotopia@gmail.com
Phone: +46 (0)708 456 020
Skype: biotopia.landscaping

PLANTS AS FUNCTIONAL BUILDING BLOCKS IN THE BUILT ENVIRONMENT

PLANTS AS FUNCTIONAL BUILDING BLOCKS IN THE BUILT ENVIRONMENT

What used to be considered an added ornamental value can in fact be an interactive sustainable building material saving both energy, fresh water and environmental impact. Let us show you how!