[University of Kansas Architecture - Mangrove Reef Walls - COVER IMG] Mangrove Reef Walls create tidal habitat, dissipate wave energy and enhance the appearance of constructed shorelines. Photo credit: WGCU Radio, Fort Myers

Mangrove Reef Walls

Firm LocationLawrence, United States
CompanyUniversity of Kansas Architecture
University/SchoolUniversity of Kansas
Lead ArchitectKeith Van de Riet

Mangrove Reef Walls create habitat, dissipate wave energy, and enhance the appearance of constructed shorelines. The panels mimic form and function of red mangrove tree roots and oyster reefs that occur naturally in the State of Florida. Made from marine-friendly concrete, they create habitat niches for juvenile crabs, snails, fish, and others to escape predators. Shore birds perch and hunt on top of the panels, while larger predator fish utilize space below the panels to ambush prey. Reef Walls aim to replicate natural tidal shorelines where conventional living shorelines are not possible.