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Floating Mansions and Diving Drones! Summer’s Hottest Water Whizbangs

Sales of watercraft have soared since the start of the pandemic as recreational boaters seek to escape home—and land. Here are the trending toys to inspire your next seagoing adventure.
By Mark Ellwood
The 2,600-square-foot, four-bedroom Arkup 75.
The 2,600-square-foot, four-bedroom Arkup 75.

Photographer: Craig Denis

Blame James Bond. It was the sight of Roger Moore skidding a Wet Bike over the waves in 1977’s The Spy Who Loved Me that piqued yacht owners’ interest in keeping more than just a tender, or small ship-to-shore shuttle, on board. Moore’s gadget morphed into the Jet Ski, a must-have for every polyester-era playboy. The Jet Ski, in turn, raised cultural expectations for what we should be able to do on—or under, or over—the water.

Billionaires such as Jeff Bezos and his new 417-foot-long project Y721—a yacht so big it needs its own yacht—plus destinations like the Four Seasons Bora Bora keep spurring new innovations. As bigger superyachts became dominant in the late 1980s, complete with roomier onboard garages, the types of toys and tenders available multiplied. Invention is “driven by charter guests,” says Chris Clifford of the yacht industry bible Onboard. “Even if Grandpa and Grandma are paying for the boat, they’ll bring their children and grandchildren, and you’ve gotta keep them amused.” Indeed, charter specialist Burgess Yachts says 84% of its clients expressed interest in toys and water sports as crucial for their next rental.

But it’s not just the world’s wealthiest who are diving in since the coronavirus pandemic started. According to the National Marine Manufacturers Association, U.S. powerboat sales reached a 13-year high in 2020, when 310,000 new vessels were sold, a rise of 12% from the previous year. GetMyBoat, a marine rental platform, sent 60,500 renters out on the water in 2019, rising to 178,000 last year; it expects to hit more than 1 million for 2021. That’s a lot of people potentiality looking for their first boat or an addition to an existing collection.

It makes sense: Nothing says summer like a good, socially distanced splash. Whether you’re looking for an easy-to-maneuver three-cabin sailboat for your family, a two-seater Sea-Doo on steroids, or a double-decker party barge with a waterslide, here’s our roundup of the newest and hottest toys.

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Parajet Paramotors soar up to 500 feet in the air.
Photographer: Steve Thomas


Four craft for the adrenaline junkie

You may have wondered about these flying whizbangs after spotting one soaring along a beach in the Hamptons or Miami. The love child of a paraglider and a fan boat from the Everglades, the Parajet was dreamed up by flying enthusiast Gilo Cardozo, who wanted to share his love of aviation. Strap one on—the Volution is the sturdiest of the range—and you can soar as high as 500 feet at speeds that reach 50 mph, weather willing. (Pro tip: The air is less bumpy at sunset and sunrise.) Just book a few lessons first. $8,395

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WhiteShark MixPro underwater scooter
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Cousteau-inspired explorers keen to chart the depths of the oceans on film should pick up this double-propeller sea scooter. It can duck more than 130 feet below the surface, pulling a swimmer behind it at up to 6 feet per second. Better yet, fix a smartphone in the waterproof camera mount to record every moment. The scooter is designed to be used by anyone 8 or older—a detachable floater can keep kids from diving more than a few feet deep. $699

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Zapata Flyride
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Former world champ Jet Ski racer Franky Zapata founded his company more than two decades ago to devise wacky water toys like the Flyride, a narrow Jet Ski-like device that can shoot into the air on plumes of water. There’s room for two, so a parent can hop on with an adventurous kid as young as 5. (They can also use the wireless remote to curb a teen’s crazier ambitions.) With 300 horsepower, it offers a top speed of 22 mph—and a button will initiate a barrel roll. From $9,285

Think of this fish-shaped, two-seater submersible as a Sea-Doo on steroids; the enclosed pod can leap into the air and duck under the surface at up to 50 mph. It was designed by New Zealand-born boat builder Rob Innes, who considers it more like an aircraft than a watercraft, because it’s able to operate on three axes of control. With a little practice, a pilot can even do 360-degree barrel rolls while skipping across the water. The styling of the chassis adds a witty touch: Take your pick from sharks, whales, or dolphins. The company custom-builds only about two dozen of the craft each year. From $85,000

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Hanse 348
Source: Premiere Marine


For casual fun, try a drone, a kayak, or your own mini pool

Based on Germany’s Baltic Coast, Hanse was founded by Michael Schmidt, a former winner of the Admiral’s Cup regatta. The vessels from his company deftly combine top performance—a self-tacking jib is standard to maximize ease of handling—with smart layouts and design. It’s a combination that earned this craft the title as Cruising World’s best value sailboat two years ago. Pick between a two- and three-cabin version, and you’ll enjoy the great light and clean lines below deck. $170,800

A student project at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology led to this 5-year-old startup, which specializes in naval robotics. Its 7.6-pound Mito underwater drone streams footage to an app from as far away as 1,600 feet. The tethered 4K device has two 1,000-lumen headlights for visibility at depth, and four-thruster stabilization keeps the camera steady in rough currents. $1,999

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A handmade Preszler canoe.
Photographer: David Benthal

When Preszler inherited his father’s woodworking tools seven years ago, the avid outdoorsman spent 14 months teaching himself how to build a wooden canoe from scratch. Preszler, who’s based in Mattituck, N.Y., now juggles his day job running a winery and selling bespoke, handmade canoes to clients. Each boat, often using exotic woods such as red cedar and purpleheart, takes at least a year to complete. From $100,000

Nimble but sturdy, this 12-foot-3-inch sit-on-top kayak with a short waterline is perfect for fishing in creeks. The American-made craft is packed with user-friendly details, including gear tracks to secure rods and accessories as well as a paddle holder on the bow to free up your hands. The self-bailing hull retains buoyancy even when waters are choppy; best of all, it’s dog-friendly. From $999

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Beau Lake Rapid 14’
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With Club Monaco founder Joe Mimran among its advisers, it’s no surprise this Canadian company produces paddleboards that emphasize beauty as much as function. Made with epoxy resin and other performance materials, they’re finished with mahogany and Macassar ebony, among other options. Pair yours with the equally stylish paddles, which start at $350. From $2,950

Avoid jellyfish stings using this pool, which has an ultrafine PVC mesh stretching almost 8 feet down into the water. The largest, superyacht-aimed option includes a 19-by-13-foot boardwalk with a comfy foam top that’s wide enough for sunbathers to linger near the swimmers. €6,799 ($8,270)

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Inside the four-bedroom Arkup 75.
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You don’t need a yacht to impress out on the water

The ultimate overwater bungalow, Arkup’s two-story glass-box-like villa can be permanently tethered to a dock or cruise at a leisurely 7 knots under its own power. The open-plan four-bedroom structure has 2,600 square feet of indoor living space that connects to a retractable 450-square-foot deck. Its eco-credentials are impressive: Solar panels on the roof supply power, and tanks collect and purify rainwater for drinking and bathroom use. Sadly, the prototype has already sold, but the company is building several custom projects riffing off the same design, as well as planning smaller, marginally more affordable models. From $5.5 million

There’s no better party venue than this 35-foot double-decker pontoon, with room for up to 20 people: A stairway turns into a slide from the upper deck straight into the water. Need we say more? The design incorporates more practical measures as well, including a hard-sided changing room/bathroom, plus a refrigerator, sink, and wine cooler. With 800 horsepower or more, the Escalante is packing as much power as some speedboats. Just make sure not to leave anyone behind. From $154,150

ROM 28
The aptly named ROM, which stands for Rebuild Ocean Motivation, will construct a boat your way at its shipyard in Aveiro, Portugal. Former technology consulting executive Jorge Martins founded the startup four years ago to bring superyacht customization to smaller craft, upgrading workaday designs in a sleeker, sportier style. When Martins unveiled this specific model in January, he promised only 20 of the eight-passenger 25-footers would be made; just 14 remain. From €230,000

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The BigAir Yacht Blob isn’t as deadly as it looks, we promise.
Source: FunAir

This classic lake toy was first developed in Texas from an army-surplus fuel bladder. Like a seesaw, when someone jumps onto a specific spot from a boat, the force will propel anyone sitting at the other end up to 30 feet in the air. Austin-based FunAir has reengineered the blob for use on the ocean, adding stabilizer outriggers to prevent it from turning over and an inflatable stand-off to stop anyone from bashing back into the hull after they jump. It takes only around 20 minutes to set up.$4,000

Countless companies produce platforms like this that can be jigsawed together to create a pontoon at the back of any vessel, be it speedboat or superyacht. The big differentiator for this British company’s offerings is the quality of construction, with drop-stitch cores and strong, durable PVC borders. NautiBuoy’s own ballast system keeps the platforms stable, and the teaklike finish is stylish and slip-resistant. Buy one to act as a parking slot for your Seabob or Jet Ski, and attach it to another for an impromptu, al fresco cocktail lounge.From €3,805

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Knock yourself—or a friend—out with a Yacht Joust.
Source: FunAir

Anyone prepping to compete on Wipeout can finesse their dueling skills with a few sessions on this inflatable platform 5 feet above the water. The lightweight batons are easy enough for kids and adults to handle. Yacht Joust can be secured almost anywhere—in a small cove or close to a beach to drum up some cheers or jeers from spectators—and packs down to the size of a carry-on bag. $8,000

Install this 38-foot-long inflatable obstacle course behind your boat or lakefront home. The main appeal is a 10-foot, high-velocity slide, complete with an interior mesh floor at the bottom for safer splashing. You can also loll on the water, safe from the sun, under the roof of the Ohana lounge platform. Small decks connect the two elements, making it a cinch to hop into the splash zone. And if you want to expand your water park, other Aquaglide inflatables attach easily. $8,600

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Innalzamento dei mari, le Maldive costruiranno una città galleggiante (ed eco-friendly)

By Andrea Federica de Cesco
Corriere Della Sera

Innalzamento dei mari, le Maldive costruiranno una città galleggiante (ed eco-friendly)

Le conseguenze del cambiamento climatico saranno particolarmente dure per le Maldive. I governanti ne sono ben consapevoli e si stanno preparando. Si inserisce in quest’ottica il progetto Maldives Floating City (MFC), che ha lo scopo di trasformare l’arcipelago in una città galleggiante. Il riscaldamento globale sta infatti causando lo scioglimento dei ghiacciai a velocità sempre maggiore. La conseguenza è l’innalzamento del livello dei mari, particolarmente allarmante soprattutto per le aree costiere e per luoghi come le Maldive. Si prevede che i 26 atolli nell’Oceano Indiano settentrionale diventeranno inabitabili entro il 2050 e che saranno tra i primi luoghi al mondo a venire sommersi dall’acqua. In media queste circa mille isole si trovano infatti a solo 90 centimetri sul livello del mare. Secondo la Nasa lo stato insulare è il Paese con meno terreno al mondo.

Sulla nuova isola artificiale ci saranno migliaia di case (a partire da 250 mila dollari per 300 metri quadri), negozi, ristorante, un ospedale, una scuola e un edificio governativo. La progettazione è stata affidata a due società olandesi e i lavori di costruzione inizieranno nel 2022. La città avrà la forma di un corallo




Ecco perché il governo ha annunciato che le Maldive diventeranno una città galleggiante, soluzione adottata appunto per far fronte alla crisi ambientale. Il progetto in realtà è in via di sviluppo da un decennio (ne aveva scritto anche il Corriere, nell’aprile 2010, leggi qui, e all’epoca prevedeva anche un campo da golf galleggiante), ma è stato svelato solo ora. I lavori di costruzione inizieranno nel 2022 e il tutto sarà pronto nella seconda metà del decennio. La città sorgerà su un incrocio di reticoli flessibili e funzionali nella laguna di 200 ettari (pari a due milioni di metri quadri) a dieci minuti di barca dalla capitale Malé e dall’aeroporto internazionale. A progettarla sono state chiamate due società olandesi, Dutch Docklands, esperta in infrastrutture galleggianti, e Waterstudio, che si occupa di pianificazione urbana e architettura. Il risultato finale avrà la forma di un labirinto esagonale, così da assomgiliare a un corallo.


Previsti anche un ospedale e una scuola

Ci saranno migliaia di case di fronte al mare, ispirate alla cultura tradizionale marinara delle Maldive e costruite in modo ecosostenibile. Il prezzo partirà da 250 mila dollari per 300 metri quadri: difficile che le famiglie di pescatori se le potranno permettere, a meno che non riceveranno sovvenzioni dal governo. Alle abitazioni si aggiungeranno hotel, ristoranti, spazi commerciali, porticcioli, un ospedale, una scuola e un edificio governativo. Il sistema di strutture flottanti sarà fissato a un anello di isole, che faranno da base, e a un muro di rottura stabilizzante (come negli atolli). Attraverso un particolare sistema ingegneristico, le isole intorno alla laguna avranno il ruolo di barriere rispetto alla Maldives Floating City. «Questa ingegnosa configurazione riduce l’impatto delle onde della laguna, stabilizzando le strutture e i complessi in superficie», spiega un comunicato stampa. (continua a leggere dopo i link e la foto)

Un particolare delle vie della nuova città galleggiante nel rendering al computer Un particolare delle vie della nuova città galleggiante nel rendering al computer



In armonia con la natura

«La MFC non richiede alcuna bonifica del territorio, quindi ha un impatto minimo sulle barriere coralline», ha detto Mohamed Nasheed, presidente delle Maldive tra il 2008 e il 2012. «Inoltre, verranno coltivate delle nuove, gigantesche barriere coralline che serviranno da frangiflutti. Dobbiamo adattarci al cambiamento climatico senza distruggere la natura, ma collaborando con essa, come propone la nostra città. Alle Maldive non possiamo fermare le onde, ma possiamo innalzarci con loro». Il progetto farà da apripista per altre isole che presto dovranno organizzarsi per salvaguardare il loro territorio e la loro cultura dalla crisi ambientale.


Un particolare di uno degli approdi interni della nuova città galleggiante in progetto alle Maldive, tratto dal rendering al computer Un particolare di uno degli approdi interni della nuova città galleggiante in progetto alle Maldive, tratto dal rendering al computer

The future of Maldives is floating into sight

By Travel Weekly Asia

The Maldives is poised to set a world first with the inauguration of its Floating City, which will offer thousands of waterfront residences floating alongside a functional gridwork within a 200-hectare lagoon.

In collaboration with Netherlands-based Dutch Docklands, the warm-water lagoon 10 minutes by boat from the Maldivian capital and Male International Airport has been in the making for more than a decade.

The Maldives Floating City (MFC) is envisioned as a development that would mitigate the effects of climate change and rising sea levels, featuring traditional Maldivian architecture and eco-friendly construction.

Urban-planning and architecture firm Waterstudio is responsible for creating the on-water urban grid, which is flexible enough to evolve along with its changing inhabitants and global visitors. Buildings will be low-rise flanked by palm-lined streets, with shops, services and homes linked by a network of bridges, canals and docks.

Also joining the MFC homes are hotels, F&B, retail, a marina, hospital, school and government buildings.

“MFC does not require any land reclamation, therefore has a minimal impact on the coral reefs,” said Mohamed Nasheed, who served as president of the Maldives from 2008- 2012, and is also speaker of parliament and CVF ambassador of Ambition.

“What’s more, giant, new reefs will be grown to act as water breakers. Our adaption to climate change mustn’t destroy nature but work with it, as the MFC proposes. In the Maldives we cannot stop the waves, but we can rise with them.”

Already in the tail end of planning stages, construction for MFC will begin in 2022 and will be completed in phases over the next half decade.

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‘Floating city’ to come up soon in Maldives

Maldives Floating City, a benchmark for vibrant communities
Update March 15, 2021

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Parag Deulgaonkar, EMIRATES 24/7, Nov 2011

Building a “floating city” of 20,000 houses next to Male, capital of the Maldives, may be the answer for the tiny nation’s agony of finding a new homeland for its populace as some of its coral reef islands face an imminent threat from the rising sea level.

Although Dutch Docklands, a Netherland-based sustainable floating architecture specialists, has already signed up with the government of Maldives to build a “commercial” floating development, comprising a golf course, convention centre, private islands, valued at $1 billion (Dh3.67 billion), it has proposed the idea to build “affordable” housing for the locals.

The company will soon unveil the first floating island with six to eight affordable houses that people can see, feel and walk.

“It is not only about reinforcement of tourism, but also reinforcement of society. It is about giving and taking. We want to share our know how, gained from commercial projects, with the less fortunate and provide them with affordable floating housing,” Paul van de Camp, Chief Executive Officer, Dutch Docklands, told Emirates 24/7.

Over 80 per cent of their 1,190 islands are no more than a meter above sea level, with Male being one of the most densely populated islands in the world. The government had previously thought of buying land from other countries and moving its people there.   Maldives is also in need of over 20,000 houses between now and 2022 and they have no more land to build those.

“We are working on the master plan, which we have already partly presented to the government and the President of the Maldives, in which we make affordable floating islands. We can provide them with a whole ‘floating city’ of 20,000 houses next to Male,  where the locals can live in floating houses.”

Golf course designer competition in Dubai

Dutch Dockland will also be announcing of the name of the designer’s for their $500-million 18-hole floating golf course soon after this year’s Dubai World Championship.

“We have selected already six top golf course designers, who will each, just after the Dubai World Championship, give a full presentation how they think they can assist us by making not only the first floating course, but also the most environmentally friendly golf course in the world. Soon after this we will then announce the winner,” van de Camp informed.

The course, which will be connected through underwater tunnels, is due for completion in 2015 at the latest. It  will be located around 15 minutes by boat from the airport to attract all residents and visitors.

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Faszination Tiny House – Leben auf wenigen Quadratmetern | SWR Doku

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The designers from Waterstudio also look to the future for this house. Architect Koen Olthuis, the author of the project, signed a photo of this building on his Instagram with the words: “Grow your dinner on the roof”.

Undoubtedly, it is possible thanks to a house on water with a greenhouse created on the roof of the building.

This possibility is emphasized by the perverse name of the project, i.e. Hortusboatanicus, which was taken from Hortus Botanicus Amsterdam, one of the oldest botanical gardens in the world, founded in 1638. Replacing the word “botanicus” with “boatanicus” aptly reflects the character of this unique house. Enjoy your meal!

Un théâtre d’eau dédié aux jeunes spectateurs apparaîtra sur les bords du Rhône à Lyon

By Robert Zaric
France news live

Le secteur culturel a longtemps été sceptique, mais certaines personnes ne perdent jamais espoir et imaginent des projets fous.C’est le cas de Jean-Philippe Amy, qui aspire à la naissance de son nouveau lieu culturel à Lyon: Le Théâtre d’Eau sur la rive gauche du Rhône île Ô.

Jean-Philippe Amy connaît la scène culturelle lyonnaise. Depuis 16 ans, il dirige le Patadôme d’Irigney, un théâtre qui place le soutien du jeune public au centre de la programmation. Avec son équipe, il souhaite poursuivre l’œuvre dédiée au théâtre pour les jeunes spectateurs ici dans le Rhône. L’entreprise de construction néerlandaise Koen Olthuis-Waterstudio.NL a été sélectionnée pour concevoir et exécuter le projet. Spécialisé dans la construction flottante auprès de l’UNESCO, il signe son premier travail en France à Lyon. “C’est un projet vraiment innovant. Le premier grand objectif est de créer un bâtiment ambitieux de 11 mètres de large et 45 mètres de long pour en faire un véritable théâtre. Cela n’a jamais été fait.”, Explique Jean-Philippe Amy.


Projet de théâtre flottant de Lyon, Design & nbsp; Studio Koen Olthuis-Water. NL (français 3 Aura / KoenOlthuis-Waterstudio.NL)


Les équipements culturels flottants ancrés sur les berges du Rhône entre le Pont Galieni et le Grand Pont SNCF comprennent un théâtre de 220 places, une salle avec une terrasse de 75 places, un espace restauration et une terrasse panoramique. Sur une surface de 1200m2. Finalement, île Ô Pourrait devenir Un centre de création communautaire spécialisé dans la petite enfance. La vocation de ce nouvel emplacement est de renforcer son offre culturelle dans la partie sud de la ville et, selon la mairie, d’accueillir la nouvelle sociologie du quartier. Le projet de 2 millions d’euros est financé à 100% par le secteur privé. PorteÎle ‘Ô Ouvert début 2022

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荷蘭漂浮城市 為未來家居定立新概念 創意、型格又環保

By Katrina Y

香港地少人多令土地問題久久未能解決,但在地球的另一端,地大脈博的荷蘭同樣面對另一個長遠影響房屋供應的問題,那就是氣候變化。據外國傳媒資料顯示,荷蘭有超過一半的人居住在低於海平面的地區,而不斷上升的水位就成為了迫在眉睫的問題。可幸的是,憑著建築界的前瞻性,荷蘭發展出“Floating City”——「漂浮城市」,並以可持續發展與環保為設計前題,令人與海洋能相依共處,當中更帶來不少富未來性的漂浮屋設計。

荷蘭建築師Koen Olthuis(i29 Studio)

荷蘭建築師Koen Olthuis(Waterstudio)

於2010年起,荷蘭已經有不少建築師在構想漂浮城市的可行性;談及推動此概念成真的表表者,就必需認識荷蘭建築師Koen Olthuis。專注於水上建築設計的他,相信為人們提供更多居住空間不一定只有建立人工島、填海造地這單一辦法,反之好好利用水上空間帶來的彈性和流動性,才是更長遠可行的方案。他與他的Waterstudio團隊抱著這個信念,在成立超過10年的期間,已在世界各地完成了200多個水上建築項目;其中於阿姆斯特丹的Ijburg,更成為了全球發展得較成熟的漂浮城市。

Ijburg漂浮屋(Water Studio)

Ijburg漂浮屋(Water Studio)

除了Ijburg之外,近年於荷蘭亦相繼發展出不同的漂浮社區,例如由 Space&Matter打造的Schoonschip,它位於阿姆斯特丹北部前工業區的Johan van Hasselt運河上,容納著100個住戶。屋主可以自行請來心儀的建築師來打造自己理想的漂浮屋,而今次帶大家看看由i29 Studio設計的作品,相信是不少人心目中的理想家居。

位於阿姆斯特丹北部前工業區的Johan van Hasselt運河上Schoonschip(SPACE&MATTER)

位於阿姆斯特丹北部前工業區的Johan van Hasselt運河上Schoonschip(SPACE&MATTER)







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Morsowanie w architekturze, czyli budynki na wodzie


W 2020 roku wszyscy piekliśmy chleb, w tym morsujemy. Zawsze pozytywnie reagujemy na trendy, które niosą za sobą korzystne skutki, np. zdrowotne, a morsowanie niewątpliwie zalicza się do tej kategorii. W architekturze również mamy do czynienia z czymś w rodzaju morsowania – mowa tu o budynkach na wodzie. Poniżej przedstawiamy najciekawsze przykłady tego rodzaju architektury.

Autor: JS

Zdjęcia: i29/Ewout Huibers, Waterstudio.NL/Arkup, Waterstudio.NL/tinyfloats

Unoszący się dom

Unoszący się dom (ang. Floating home) zlokalizowany w Amsterdamie, zaprojektowany przez architektów ze studia i29 jest częścią Schoonship – wioski składającej się z 46 gospodarstw domowych. Celem projektu jest stworzenie najbardziej zrównoważonej ekologicznie społeczności zamieszkującej domy na wodzie w Europie. Dzielnica zakłada pełne wykorzystanie energii wodnej, minimalizację odpadów i tworzenie warunków sprzyjających rozwojowi różnorodności biologicznej.

Właściciel pragnął, aby dom wyróżniał się wyjątkowym kształtem, co bez wątpienia się udało. Atutem tego budynku jest jego zmieniająca się forma zależnie od strony, z której na niego patrzymy.

Jednocześnie widok z wewnątrz domu jest bardzo różnorodny, bo zapewnia dostęp do krajobrazu z kilku stron.

Mimo surowości budynku wynikającej z kształtu i koloru elewacji, wykorzystanie do jego budowy desek oraz ulokowanie budynku na wodzie sprawia, że jest w tym projekcie pewne ciepło. Dom niewątpliwie wyróżnia się na tle sąsiadujących budynków, ale jednocześnie doskonale się z nimi komponuje.

Willa Arkup

Oprócz faktu, że ten wyjątkowy budynek pływa i tym samym może łatwo zmieniać swoją lokalizację, jest odporny na huragany. Kwestia ta jest szczególnie istotna z uwagi na położenie willi w Miami, czyli w miejscu, w którym problem występowania huraganów nie jest obcy jego mieszkańcom.

Projekt Koena Olthuisa z Waterstudio jest odporny na sztormy dzięki możliwości podniesienia budynku na ponad 3 metry nad poziom wody, co sprawia, że znajduje się wtedy poza zasięgiem silnych fal.

Nie sposób pominąć faktu, że w wyniku ocieplenia klimatu wielu miastom grozi zalanie przez wrastający poziom wody. Takie budynki jak willa Arkup mogą być jedną z odpowiedzi na ten problem.


Projektanci z Waterstudio patrzą w przyszłość również w przypadku tego domu. Architekt Koen Olthuis, autor projektu, na swoim Instagramie podpisał zdjęcie tego budynku słowami: „Wyhoduj sobie swój obiad na dachu”.

Niewątpliwie umożliwia to dom na wodzie ze szklarnią stworzoną na dachu budynku.

Podkreśla taką możliwość przewrotna nazwa projektu, czyli Hortusboatanicus, która została zaczerpnięta od Hortus Botanicus Amsterdam, czyli jednego z najstarszych ogrodów botanicznych na świecie, założonego w 1638 roku. Zastąpienie słowa „botanicus” na „boatanicus” trafnie oddaje charakter tego wyjątkowego domu. Smacznego!

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Un théâtre flottant dédié au jeune public va émerger sur les berges du Rhône à Lyon

By Odile Morain
France news live

La construction de ce nouveau lieu culturel insolite doit débuter mi-mars. L’île Ô, c’est son nom, prendra place sur les quais du Rhône, près du pont Gallieni au sud de Lyon.

Alors que le secteur culturel traverse une longue période de doute, il y a ceux qui ne perdent pas espoir et imaginent des projets fous. C’est le cas de Jean-Philippe Amy qui attend avec impatience la naissance de son nouveau lieu culturel à Lyon : un théâtre flottant sur la rive gauche du Rhône baptisé L’île Ô. 

Un projet innovant

Jean-Philippe Amy n’est pas un inconnu dans le milieu culturel lyonnais. Il dirige depuis seize ans le Patadôme à Irigny, un théâtre qui a mis au coeur de sa programmation l’accompagnement des jeunes spectateurs. Avec son équipe, il souhaite poursuivre son travail dédié au théâtre jeune public, ici sur le Rhône. C’est l’agence d’architectes néerlandaise Koen Olthuis – Waterstudio.NL, qui a été choisie pour la conception et la réalisation du projet. Spécialisée en construction flottante auprès de l’UNESCO, elle signera, à Lyon, son premier ouvrage en France. “C’est un projet vraiment innovant, la grande première c’est de créer un bâtiment ambitieux qui va faire onze mètre de large et 45 mètres de long pour en faire un vrai théâtre, ça n’a jamais été fait”, détaille Jean-Philippe Amy.


Projet du théâtre flottant de Lyon, conception Koen Olthuis – Waterstudio. NL (France 3 Aura / Koen Olthuis – Waterstudio. NL)


Redynamiser un quartier en devenir

Amarré sur les berges du Rhône entre le pont Gallieni et le viaduc SNCF, l’établissement culturel flottant accueillera, entre autre, un théâtre de 220 places, une salle avec gradins de 75 places, un espace de restauration et une terrasse panoramique, le tout sur une surface de 1200 m2. A terme, L’île Ô pourrait devenir un centre de création régionale dédié à la petite enfance. L’objectif de ce nouveau lieu est de renforcer l’offre culturelle dans la partie sud de la ville et répondre, selon la mairie, à la nouvelle sociologie du quartier. Le projet de deux millions d’euros est financé à 100% par des capitaux privés. Les portes de l’Ile Ô ouvriront au début de l’année 2022

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Lyon : un théâtre flottant sur le Rhône début 2022

Le projet L’ÎLE Ô va voir le jour dans le 7e arrondissement début 2022. Au programme, théâtre, espaces de réception et de restauration et terrasse panoramiquent sur le Rhône.

Imaginée et étudiée depuis plusieurs mois par l’équipe du Patadôme Théâtre, Jean-Philippe Amy et David Lahille, le projet L’ÎLE Ô va bien voir le jour après avoir été  sélectionné dans le cadre d’un appel à projets associant les collectivités et services de l’État. Un emplacement lui a été attribué sur le Rhône, dans le 7e arrondissement à la jonction du Pont Gallieni et de l’Avenue Leclerc.

Au sein de six volumes sur un socle coque, sur 3 niveaux  s’installeront un théâtre de 220 places, une salle avec gradins de 75 places, des espaces de réception et de restauration et une terrasse panoramique abritée. La surface totale prévisionnelle est de 1200m2. 

Koen Olthuis – Waterstudio.NL, architecte néerlandais, conseiller spécial en construction flottante auprès de l’UNESCO, a été choisi pour la conception et la réalisation du projet. Les travaux débuteront durant l’été 2021 et l’ouverture au public est prévue pour début 2022. 

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