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These solar-powered floating homes are built to withstand floods and hurricanes

By Nicole Jewell
Inhahitat
April.1.2019
Photo Credits: ARKUP & Waterstudio

 

As many coastal cities struggle to come up with resiliency plans in the face of rising sea levels, Dutch architect Koen Olthuis with Waterstudio is creating sustainable, solar-powered floating residences that could offer the perfect solution. Already well-known for its high-end floating homes, Waterstudio and Miami-based Arkup are now teaming up with Artefacto, an environmentally friendly Brazilian furnishing brand, to create stylish floating houses that are not only resilient to storms and sea levels, but also represent the luxury style for which Miami is known.

Waterstudio has long been recognized for creating sustainable and attractive floating homes that can provide discerning homeowners with an “avant-garde life on water.” The residences are modern, cube-like structures that are completely self-sufficient, operating 100 percent off-grid thanks to solar power generation, eco-friendly waste management features, rainwater harvesting and water purification systems. Additionally, the homes are equipped with unique self-elevating systems that help the structures withstand high winds, floods and hurricanes.

In addition to the ultra sustainable and resilient features, the two-story floating homes boast interiors with a 775-square-foot living room, bedroom, kitchen and dining space, as well as an open-air rooftop lounge. Sliding glass doors, which almost make up the entirety of the front facade, lead out to a beautiful terrace.

Although the company has been working on its floating homes for some time, it recently announced a new partnership with Artefacto, a Brazilian furnishing company with a strong commitment to sustainability that is known for combining luxurious furniture made of raw materials with cutting-edge smart automation technologies. The floating residences will now be outfitted with eco-friendly furnishings, including high-end pieces made out of timber approved for use by the Brazilian Environment Department.

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Waterstudio. NL Villa New Water, Westland

By Steve Huyton
Total design reviews
March.25.2019

A few weeks ago I met a very talented building designer and entrepreneur called Chris Clarke. As we both love industrial architecture I suggested catching up for a coffee and chat at a trendy cafe called Folklore in Port Adelaide. This venue used to be the sales office for recent waterfront developments and has been cleverly repurposed by the current owners. Interesting the building, which is supported by stilts is similar to the type of modular homes Chris is creating for his company Swale Developments. Essentially, only three materials (glass, timber, steel) are used in construction.

One of my future ambitions is to design and build a modernistic home, ideally with water views. Unlike many homes in Australia (that are massively oversized) I would prefer a more modest footprint. Ultimately that is why I have to keep an eye on architectural trends in other countries. In particular, a region that is considered very progressive is the Netherlands. A fantastic example is Villa New Water, Westland created by Waterstudio. NL. Certainly this one of the most exciting residential homes I have seen in a long time.

Waterstudio.NL is the brainchild of architect Koen Olthuis, whose vision is to confront the problems posed by urbanization and climate change. In fact, his philosophy is aligned closely with Chris Clarke’s who also envisages the need for more flexible housing. A great starting point is waterfront living and that is what Koen Olthuis specialises in. In fact, he devised concepts for floating restaurants, villas, hotels and even a living Island. However, these are just exciting visions rather than completed residential homes like Villa New Water, Westland.

Even though Waterstudio.NL haven’t supplied an enormous amount of the detail about Villa New Water, Westland, the visuals really do the talking. What makes this home so exceptional is the overall simplicity. At first glance, the residence appears to be situated on one level. However, the architects have ingeniously created a below ground level, which takes advantage of the natural light on the floor above. Essentially the home is constructed from material like concrete, timber, steel and glass (which maximises the amazing water views). However, it could easily be made from shipping containers to achieve a similar effect.

 

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Floating Miami mansion propped up on hydraulic stilts that can withstand 155mph hurricanes and turns rain into drinking water goes on market for $5.5m

By Connor Boyd
Dailymail.com
Photo credits: Craig Denis

 

  • The Arkup #1 was designed by Dutch firm Waterstudio.NL and features four bedrooms, each with an en-suite
  • Hydraulic stilts can be deployed to depth of 20ft to stabilize dwelling or lift it above water line to avoid waves
  • Rainwater is collected from the roof and purified for drinking, while solar panels power the electronics inside 

The finishing touches have been put on a floating mansion that can withstand rising sea levels and Category Four hurricanes of up to 155mph after years of development.

The Arkup #1 was designed by Dutch architecture firm Waterstudio.NL and will cost a whopping $5.5 million to own.

The property – propped up on hydraulic stilts – measures 75ft-long comprising 4,350sq ft of open-plan space including a lounge, dining area, kitchen and bathroom. Upstairs, there are a total of four bedrooms, each with an en-suite bathroom.

This contemporary floating home in Miami – that can withstand rising sea levels and Category 4 hurricanes of up to 155mph- is on the market for a cool $5.5million

The Arkup #1 – as it’s called – was designed by Dutch architecture firm Waterstudio.NL who say the home is a fusion of cutting edge technology and luxury. It boasts a spacious living area which invites natural lighting to pour in through its many windows

The property measures 75ft-long comprising 4,350sq ft of floorspace. Its hydraulic structure means you’re guaranteed a good night’s sleep, regardless of how choppy the water is outside

You can relax in its king-sized freestanding bathtub which overlooks the palm trees and sparkling waters of Miami

The hydraulic stilts can be deployed to a depth of 20 ft to stabilize the dwelling or lift it above the water line to avoid waves and reduce hull maintenance. The mansion comes with an outdoor area perfect for catching a tan and hosting parties

The stilts can be deployed to a depth of 20ft (6m) to stabilize the dwelling or lift it above the water line to avoid waves and reduce hull maintenance. There’s a lot of other tech installed in the Arkup #1 too, including a solar panel array and up to 1,000 kWh battery bank that Arkup says is sufficient to power it off-the-grid. Rainwater is collected from the roof and purified for drinking, and solar panels are used to power the internet, TV and radio.

There’s a lot of other tech installed in the Arkup #1 too, including a solar panel array and up to 1,000 kWh battery bank that Arkup says is sufficient to power it off-the-grid

Rainwater is collected from the roof and purified for drinking, and the solar panels power the internet, TV and electric cookers

The inside features an open-plan ground floor layout that looks out onto the spacious balcony area. It also features a lounge, dining area, kitchen, and a bathroom. Upstairs, there are a total of four bedrooms, each with an en-suite bathroom

The model is currently for sale in Miami and Arkup says it plans to build three more in the next 12 months.

The home is propelled by a pair of 100 kW (134 hp) electric azimuth thrusters, allowing it to reach 7 knots. The Arkup #1 is fronted by a slide-out deck area, and generous glazing. The model is currently for sale in Miami and Arkup says it plans to build three more in the next 12 months. The firm is also looking into the possibility of developing eco-resorts in the Middle East, Asia and the Caribbean.

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UNE MAISON FLOTTANTE QUI RÉSISTE AUX OURAGANS

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Ces maisons peuvent supporter des vents allant jusqu’à 410 km/heure et la montée des eaux.

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L’architecte Koen Olthuis et la start-up immobilière Arkup ont dévoilé les plans d’une série d’habitations flottantes au salon nautique international de Fort Lauderdale. Ces structures flottantes ont été conçues pour supporter non seulement la montée des eaux, mais également les vents violents jusqu’à 410 km/heure associés aux cyclones de catégorie 4, rapporte Digital Trends.

Un système hydraulique permet à la maison de se rehausser de plus de 6 mètres en cas de montée des eaux. De plus, une série de panneaux solaires sur le toit permet à chacune de ces maisons flottantes de fonctionner complètement en dehors du réseau électrique en cas de coupure de courant causée par une catastrophe climatique. Ces péniches aménagées intégrent également un système de collecte et de filtration des eaux de pluie, leur permettant de répondre aux besoins de base en matière de ressources en eau douce.

Arkup a inauguré ses premières résidences flottantes lors du salon nautique de Miami en 2019. Un emplacement idéal pour présenter les structures car Miami pourrait être durement touchée par le changement climatique. Selon les scientifiques, la ville pourrait être au moins partiellement submergée d’ici 2100.

Les premiers logements d’Arkup ne seront probablement pas une option pour la plupart des gens, en particulier avec un prix pouvant atteindre les 5,2 millions d’euros. Ce prix se justifie néanmoins par une surface impressionnante de près de 400 mètres carrés. Le design de ces maisons peut également être personnalisé selon les goûts du propriétaire, avec un maximum de quatre chambres et quatre salles de bains et demi. Elles peuvent être installées à terre, ancrées par des plots hydrauliques, ou mises à l’eau. Avec ce premier modèle à son actif, Arkup envisage de créer des structures plus petites, d’une superficie d’environ 150 mètres carrés et dont le prix sera bien évidemment inférieur.

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Water: The next Frontier

By Erik Bojnansky
BT Senior writer

For a view million, you can ride out the rising seas in style

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Waterstudio in Globe+, The Asahi Shimbun Newspaper

By Hiroyuki Ota
The Asahi Shimbun Newspaper

Koen Olthuis, the president of the design office “Waterstudio” in the suburbs of The Hague, aims for more aggressive business development of “water living”.

The company has designed about 250 water residential houses, including the residence of the schoonschip so far. But Olthuis’ s ambition is magnificent. “The majority of the major cities are in the delta area of the coast and are being overcrowded in addition to the crisis of the sea level rise. And to overcoming this deadlock, it is the best way to make the whole new floating city on the water in the coastal part of the city. It is enough to be able to do with existing technology. ”

Olthuis has been trying to make water floating constructions in Maldives ,Miami, and so on along with the developer Dutch Docklands who founded and invested by themselves. Although it was often hindered by the regulation barriers of governments and municipalities, the wind direction has changed. “If the sea level continues to rise, the administration will be forced to raise a heavy back to make rules for maritime structures.”

Currently, Waterstudio, with 16 European companies, aims to accumulate know-how necessary to create a large-scale floating island on the sea, with the financial support of the European Community “space @ sea Space”project. The plan is supposed to create a city floating in the North Sea.

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Arkup’s incredible floating home is finally complete… and it’ll cost you $5.5 million

By Adam Williams
New Atlas
Photo credits: Craig Denis

 

The Arkup #1 is rated to withstand Hurricane winds of up to 155 mph (250 km/h)(Credit: Arkup)

 

You could be forgiven for thinking that Arkup’s ambitious concept for a floating home would never be realized, but it has indeed been built and is now for sale for a cool US$5.5 million. Boasting solar power, stabilizing hydraulic stilts, and its own engines, the first model was recently unveiled during the Miami Yacht Show.

The Arkup #1, as it’s officially called, is a 75 ft (22.9 m)-long two-story ultra-luxury houseboat comprising 4,350 sq ft (404 sq m) of floorspace. It was designed by Dutch architecture firm Waterstudio.NL and the model pictured was furnished by Brazil’s Artefacto.

Its most interesting feature compared to other floating homes we’ve seen is its hydraulic stilts. These can be deployed to a depth of 20 ft (6 m) to stabilize the dwelling or lift it above the water line to avoid waves and reduce hull maintenance. The firm also says that it’s rated to withstand Category 4 Hurricane winds of up to 155 mph (250 km/h).

There’s a lot of other tech installed in the Arkup #1 too, including a 36 kW solar panel array and up to 1,000 kWh battery bank that Arkup says is sufficient to power it off-the-grid. Rainwater is collected from the roof and purified for drinking, and a bunch of communication systems are used for the internet, TV and radio. The home is propelled by a pair of 100 kW (134 hp) electric azimuth thrusters, allowing it to reach 7 knots.

The Arkup #1 is fronted by a slide-out deck area, and generous glazing. The model shown features an open-plan ground floor layout with lounge, dining area, kitchen, and a bathroom. Upstairs, there are a total of four bedrooms, each with an en-suite bathroom.

The model pictured is for sale in Miami and Arkup tells us it plans to build three more in the next 12 months. The firm is also looking into the possibility of developing eco-resorts in the Middle East, Asia and the Caribbean.

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Stormbestendige watervilla: Nederlander bouwt stad van de toekomst

By Frederique Dormaar
RTL Nieuws
Photo credits: Waterstudio

Net als olieplatformen in de Noordzee kan deze watervilla zich uit het water opduwen.

Het Nederlandse architectenbureau Waterstudio.nl heeft een luxe waterwoning gebouwd, die zich tijdens een orkaan boven de golven uit kan drukken. Dit ontwerp is pas het begin, want er wordt hard gewerkt aan de stad van de toekomst waar woontorens, parkeergarages en parken allemaal drijvend zullen zijn.

Architect Koen Olthuis is net terug uit Miami. Daar is zijn nieuwste project gepresenteerd: een orkaanbestendige watervilla. “De eerste ter wereld”, volgens Olthuis. Bij een hevige storm kan de waterwoning zichzelf wel zes meter uit het water duwen.

Meters boven zee

Bij een traditionele woning op het water slaan golven tegen het huis aan tijdens een orkaan. “En de wind kan er niet omheen”, legt Olthuis uit. Die problemen zijn opgelost wanneer de waterwoning, via palen op de zeebodem, uit het water wordt gedrukt. “Golven slaan dan niet meer tegen de woning en de wind kan er onderdoor.”

De watervilla is gebaseerd op Nederlandse offshoretechniek. Olieplatformen in de Noordzee kunnen zich ook uit de zee duwen als er een storm opsteekt, vertelt Olthuis. Die techniek heeft Waterstudio.nl, dat Olthuis samen met zijn compagnon vijftien jaar geleden heeft opgericht, in zijn nieuwste waterwoning toegepast.

Deze villa kan zichzelf uit het water duwen.

Maquette van een woontoren

Nederland loopt van oudsher mijlenver voor als het gaat om bouwen in en op het water en Olthuis en zijn collega’s maken steeds opnieuw gebruik van die kennis. “Het is net een snoepwinkel”, zegt de architect, die via moederskant uit een scheepsbouwer-familie komt en via zijn vader ingenieursbloed heeft.

De stormbestendige watervilla is met een prijs van 5,5 miljoen euro alleen beschikbaar voor de ‘happy few’, maar er wordt gewerkt aan gangbaardere varianten. “Deze techniek biedt enorme kansen. Je kunt wel 50 ton uit het water duwen. We nu zijn bezig met een drijvende toren van acht lagen. Ik heb de maquette voor me staan.”

Drijvende parkeergarage leasen

Maar de ambities van Olthuis en zijn bureau reiken verder dan dat. Stadions, parkeergarages, studentenflats en zelfs complete parken zouden allemaal drijvend moeten worden. Steden zouden zo veel flexibeler worden, is de gedachte.

Nu zijn steden statisch, legt hij uit. Wegen en bebouwing liggen vast. Je kunt daar moeilijk iets aan veranderen, zegt Olthuis. “Op het water ben je veel flexibeler. Je legt studentenwoningen neer, of een stadion, en je kunt ze weghalen wanneer je wilt.” Je zou ook naar een systeem kunnen gaan waarbij stadions of parkeergarages te leasen zijn, filosofeert hij.

Praten met overheden

Tokyo, Singapore, New York en Hong Kong. Steden die water nu als bedreiging zien, zouden het meer als een kans moeten beschouwen. Dat geldt ook voor Miami, waar de orkaanbestendige watervilla van Nederlandse makelij ligt. Door de sponsachtige ondergrond kan Miami geen dijken kan bouwen, dus moet de stad het waterprobleem op een andere manier oplossen.

Daarom praat Olthuis veel met overheden. “We zijn eigenlijk ook een consultancybureau. We onderzoeken en ontwerpen”, zegt hij. Er zijn maar weinig architecten die zich hebben gespecialiseerd in bouwen op het water. Olthuis: “Als er wereldwijd iets moet gebeuren op gebied van bouwen op water, dan komen ze al snel bij ons.”

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A $6 million floating home that can withstand Category 4 hurricanes is now a reality. Take a look inside

By Aria Bendix
Business Insider
Photo credits: Craig Denis

  • After years of development, the housing startup Arkup has debuted a floating home that can withstand rising sea levels and Category 4 hurricanes.
  • The home contains a hydraulic system that lifts it above water and anchors it during heavy winds.
  • Arkup envisions a future where entire communities in Miami and other major cities are designed to float.

Foto: Arkup Arkup’s first floating home debuted in February.

When the housing startup Arkup revealed its plan to build a floating, hurricane-proof yacht in 2017, South Florida had just witnessed the devastating effects of Hurricane Irma, a Category 4 storm that destroyed hundreds of residences.

The company’s models were designed to weather a storm of that magnitude, but it would be another two years before they became a reality.

In February, Arkup debuted its first floating residence at a yacht show in Miami. Climatologists have pointed to the city as one of the areas most vulnerable to climate change.

The price tag for a fully furnished residence is steep – just under $6 million – but Arkup has plans to deliver smaller, more affordable units down the line. The company is accepting offers on its first model, as well as future models that have yet to be built.

For now, the yacht’s solar-powered roofs and hydraulic anchoring system come at a high cost. Its sleek designs also cater to luxury clients who often prefer to live on or near the water.

Take a look inside Arkup’s first floating home.

As a longtime Miami resident, Arkup cofounder Arnaud Luguet noticed that local authorities were struggling to prepare for the effects of climate change.

Foto: The units are just as mobile as a typical yacht.sourceArkup

Luguet saw floating homes as a way to make communities more resilient. He teamed up with Nicolas Derouin, an executive who shared his passion for the ocean and renewable energy, to create Arkup in 2016.

“We wanted to provide the next generation of floating homes or house boats that would be self-sufficient, sustainable, and also mobile,” Derouin told Business Insider.


Arkup’s model was inspired by floating houseboats in the Netherlands, where it’s common to live on the water.

Foto: The interior was designed by the home-furnishing company Artefacto.sourceArkup

Luguet and Derouin partnered with the Netherlands-based architecture firm Waterstudio, which specializes in designing floating homes.

Both Arkup and Waterstudio envision a future in which entireneighborhoods are built on the water in major cities such as New York and Miami.


Arkup’s first-ever model can be built on either land or water.

Foto: Waterstudio sees water as an asset, not a challenge, to new construction.sourceArkup

At 4,350 square feet, the home contains a customizable layout of four bedrooms and four-and-a-half bathrooms. It’s also mobile, so it can be driven to new locations.

Hydraulic studs anchor the yacht in place so it can withstand winds of up to 155 mph.

Foto: The residences provide 360-degree views of the water.sourceArkup

The wind speed of a Category 4 hurricane ranges from 130 to 156 mph.

Although the home is designed to bob with the water during a storm, Derouin said the studs help stabilize the structure to prevent motion sickness among residents.

“We wanted [residents] to be as safe and comfortable in the house as they would be on land,” he said.


The yacht’s jack-up system allows the vessel to be lifted up to 20 feet above water.

Foto: Derouin said storm surge poses a greater danger to homes than heavy winds.sourceArkup

Scientists predict the US could see nearly 6 feet of sea-level rise by the end of the century under the most extreme climate conditions. Arkup’s homes would clear these water levels, Derouin told Business Insider.


Residents can disconnect from sewage lines thanks to a system that collects, stores, and purifies rainwater.

Foto: Residents of an Arkup home can live off-grid.sourceArkup

The homes also have zero emissions and are powered by rooftop solar panels.


Derouin said Arkup’s next venture is to build floating communities and resorts.

Foto: Miami could see nearly 6 feet of sea-level rise by 2100.sourceArkup

The company hopes to use modular construction to build multiple units on the water. Derouin said Arkup has been in talks with private-island owners about developing floating communities.

The company is also interested in creating more affordable models, such as a floating complex of student homes. Derouin said Arkup is looking into building a “ranch” of smaller yachts that are each about 1,600 square feet. By building smaller, he said, Arkup can reduce its price tag.

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