This spacious villa demonstrates that floating architecture has become completely equivalent to land-based dwellings modern, light and transparent. The dwelling is an amphibious structure, floating on water yet surrounded by land on three sides. There are three types of amphibious houses: the full-wet type normally floats, but can, in case of extreme low water level, fall dry on a foundation in the waterbed. The full-dry is exact opposite the house is usually supported by a foundation, but can rise with the waterlevel and become floating when floods occur. This villa is a third type which is basically a floating dwelling that is surrounded by land so that it looks as though it is land-based. Surrounded by land on three sides, this floating villa looks as a normal house at the waterside, but is capable of dealing with fluctuations in water level of up to 30cm. Architect Koen Olthuis
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Koen Olthuis is one of the young architects leading Holland, and the world, toward an amphibious future. From floating houses to a floating cruise ship terminal, Olthuis believes the best way to live with water is to live on water.
An extensive television interview with Koen Olthuis in Taiwanese and English
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