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Maldives Floating City reinvents living in a water world

By Laura Cowan
A circular area filled with a floating city within

This design was in line with the concept of living with nature and learning to improve and respect natural coral. Furthermore, Maldives is the global center for coral protection.

A rendering of seating area amidst palm trees

Therefore, the housing are “scarless developments” because of their attempt to not damage the environment on which they are built. Sustainability of the new community is also a top priority, with the developers finding new methods to “interact in a durable way with our surroundings.”

In specific focus here is how to increase sustainability using water. Maldives Floating City is a development of Dutch Docklands in partnership with the Government of Maldives. Masterplan architect for the project was Waterstudio from the Netherlands. The location: a lagoon close to the capital Male and the International Airport at over 500 acres in size.

Boats docks at a harbor

Additionally, the city is mixed use, with residential, hotels, shopping and restaurants located within the grid. Sales will start soon, and expressions of interest can be made on the city’s website. Most importantly, this is the first floating city with thousands of houses with full governmental support that allows for legal title deeds for owners. The floating city also offers the possibility to obtain a residence permit with the purchase of a house, which means internationals can live here semi permanently in Maldives.

On the other hand, the design of the homes was inspired by the history of this seafaring nation in the tropics. The city is designed as a boating community, using canals as the main infrastructure for shipping and travel. Land-based travel is restricted to walking, biking and noise-free electric scoots, with no cars allowed.

Colorful houses in a neighborhood rendering

The Maldives Floating City also has green technology, including a smart grid that responds to dynamic demand, weather and climate change. Sustainable development technologies protect the marine ecosystem.

All in all, the city aims to create new habitat for the marine ecosystem it is built on rather than destroying it. New artificial coral banks will be attached to the underside of the city, which can help coral attach and grow naturally. The coral reefs of the lagoon, in turn, act as a natural wave breaker to protect against storm damage.

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Epic layout photos showcase the vision for a floating water city in Maldives

By Scott Gleeson
Usa Today

A Dutch architectural firm is poised to build an innovative floating city in the Maldives, a Southern Asia nation of islands located in the Indian Ocean.

The city, designed by Dutch firm Waterstudio, is slated to house 20,000 people in a web of 5,000 floating buildings, all of which will include homes, shops and even schools, according to the official website for Maldives Floating City. They’ll all be interspersed as a mass of modular floating platforms in the pattern of a brain coral.

The floating city will be located just 10 minutes by boat from Male, the capital of the Maldives. The project is headed by Waterstudio in collaboration with developer Dutch Docklands and the local government in Male. Koen Olthuis told CNN the city will feature studio apartments for $150,000 and family units for $250,000.

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“With its unique location in a paradisiacal setting, we are extremely proud to launch the first Floating City in the world,” said Paul HTM van de Camp, CEO of Dutch Docklands, in a news release. “This will be an amazing place where locals and foreigners can buy their dream property at affordable prices”

The designs of the floating city are aimed to offer a solution to the threat of rising sea levels for generations ahead, Maldives president Mohamed Nasheed said in a news release.

“This Maldives Floating City does not require any land reclamation, therefore has a minimal impact on the coral reefs. 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 Maldives Floating City proposes. In the Maldives we cannot stop the waves, but we can rise with them.”

Below is a look at some of the epic images, provided to USA TODAY by Waterstudio.

An exterior look of the floating water city slated to be built in Maldives.
An exterior look of the floating water city slated to be built in Maldives.
An interior look at designs for the floating water city in Maldives.
An interior look at designs for the floating water city in Maldives.
A look at the town of a floating water city in Maldives.
A look at the town of a floating water city in Maldives.
The floating water city of Maldives up close.
The floating water city of Maldives up close.

A floating city is coming up in Maldives amidst rising sea level

By C. Krishnasai

(Credit: Waterstudio.NL/Dutch Docklands) The project is slated to be finished by 2027 Photograph:( Agencies )


The first units will be unveiled this month (June), with prices starting at $150,000 for a studio apartment, and going up to $250,000 for a family home

Amidst looming environmental crisis and rising sea level, a floating city is being made just 10-minute boat ride from Maldives’ Male city in the Indian Ocean.

According to CNN, the city will be designed resembling a brain coral. It will consist of 5,000 floating units including houses, restaurants, shops and schools, with canals running in between.

The first units will be unveiled this month (June), with prices starting at $150,000 for a studio apartment, and going up to $250,000 for a family home.

The developers are expecting residents to begin moving into the island in early 2024, with the whole city due to be completed by 2027.

The Maldives Floating City, developed jointly by the Dutch firm Waterstudio and the Maldives government, aims to house 20,000 people in less than five years.

Notably, this will be the second floating city in world. The first one was announced in April by the United Nations off South Korea’s second-largest city, Busan. Known as Oceanix City, it plans to provide homes for a community of 12,000 people, potentially rising to 100,000, with construction due to start in 2023.

This is “new hope” for the more than half a million people of the Maldives, said Koen Olthuis, founder of Waterstudio, the architecture firm that designed the city.

“It can prove that there is affordable housing, large communities, and normal towns on the water that are also safe. They (Maldivians) will go from climate refugees to climate innovators,” he told CNN.

Features of Maldives Floating City includes rainbow-colored homes designed to attract local people. Wide balconies and seafront views are added onto each home. For transportation, residents will get around on boats, or they can walk, cycle or drive electric scooters or buggies.

Floating city“Tech is not the problem, but it is the regulatory framework that takes time to adjust,” Olthuis explained.

“Money talks and so this means when authorities understand that the cost of floating development are lower than the cost of destruction of waterfront infrastructure and properties then this next shift in city development will fly.”

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Te wyspy znikną z powierzchni Ziemi. Jedynym ratunkiem jest pływające miasto

W emitowanym w poniedziałek 20 czerwca w Polsat News programie Debata Dnia poseł Janusz Kowalski z Solidarnej Polski przekonywał, że zmiany klimatyczne to tylko ideologia, a na świecie nic się nie zmienia, bo “czasami jest ciepło, a czasami jest zimno i zawsze tak było”. Tymczasem po drugiej stronie świata, mieszkańcy Malediwów przygotowują się do tego, że ich kraj w ciągu najbliższych stu lat całkowicie zniknie z powierzchni Ziemi.

  • Malediwy to kraj wyspowy, który może zniknąć z powierzchni Ziemi w ciągu zaledwie 80 lat.
  • Ponad 80 proc. jego powierzchni położona jest mniej niż 1 metr n.p.m. Prognozy wskazują, że na skutek zmian klimatycznych poziom morza do 2100 roku wzrośnie o metr.
  • Władze Malediwów we współpracy z holenderskim biurem projektowym rozpoczęły budowę pierwszego pływającego miasta, do którego będą mogli się przenieść mieszkańcy znikających wysp.

Ostatnie słowa poprzedniego akapitu brzmią brutalnie, choć nie ma w nich ani grama przesady. Malediwy położone są na 1190 mikroskopijnych wysp, których powierzchnia nigdy nie wznosi się na więcej niż na metr wysokości. Zważając na to, że woda w otoczeniu Malediwów na skutek ocieplenia klimatycznego spowodowanego przez człowieka podniesie w najbliższych stu latach swój poziom o ponad metr, pół miliona mieszkańców tego kraju zostanie bez dachu nad głową oraz bez lądu, na którym można by było ten dom wybudować.

Pływające miasto na Malediwach – wizualizacje

Pływające miasto na Malediwach już powstaje

Niezmiernie zatem cieszy, że zaledwie kilka minut od archipelagu Malediwów siłami specjalistów powstaje całe pływające miasto, w którym znajdą się zarówno domy mieszkalne, szkoły, przedsiębiorstwa rolnicze, parki, kawiarnie, sklepy jak i punkty usługowe, które samodzielnie będą mogły służyć nawet 20 000 mieszkańców. Fakt, że cała konstrukcja miasta powstanie w ciągu zaledwie pięciu lat i będzie unosiła się na wodzie jest kluczowy. Niezależnie od tego ile woda się podniesie w tym rejonie świata, miasto zawsze będzie znajdowało się na jej powierzchni. Warto tutaj zauważyć, że podobne projekty budowane są także w Korei Południowej czy na Morzu Bałtyckim.

Tak będzie wyglądało pływające miasto na Malediwach

Za budowę pływającego miasta odpowiada wspólnie rząd Malediwów i holenderski deweloper Dutch Docklands. Za projekt natomiast odpowiada holenderskie Waterstudio, które od ponad dwudziestu lat projektuje pływające domy, szkoła czy ośrodki zdrowia i ma na swoim koncie już ponad 300 takich budynków.

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Pływające miasto na Malediwach nabiera realnych kształtów. Pierwsi mieszkańcy już w 2024

By Daniel Górecki

Malediwy to najniżej położony, przez co najbardziej zagrożony zalaniem na skutek stale podnoszącego się poziomu oceanów, teren na świecie – nic więc dziwnego, że lokalne władze robią wszystko, by stawić czoła rosnącemu zagrożeniu, a jednym z pomysłów są pływające wyspy.

Malediwy to najniżej położony, przez co najbardziej zagrożony zalaniem na skutek stale podnoszącego się poziomu oceanów, teren na świecie - nic więc dziwnego, że lokalne władze robią wszystko, by stawić czoła rosnącemu zagrożeniu, a jednym z pomysłów są pływające wyspy.
Maldives Floating City (MFC) to wyjątkowe pływające miasto, które będzie gotowe do 2027 roku / /materiały prasowe


O projekcie pływającego miasta o nazwie Maldives Floating City (MFC), realizowanym przez rząd Malediwów i Waterstudio, po raz pierwszy usłyszeliśmy już w ubiegłym roku, ale teraz staje się on rzeczywistością i zaczyna nabierać kształtów. Pierwsze jednostki mieszkalne zostaną ujawnione jeszcze w tym miesiącu, a mieszkańcy zaczną się do nich wprowadzać na początku 2024 roku – całe miasto ma zostać ukończone do 2027 roku.

Maldives Floating City, czyli pływające miasto na Malediwach

O czym konkretnie mówimy? O mieście położonym w okolicy Male, czyli stolicy Malediwów,  składającym się z 5000 pływających jednostek, wśród których znajdują się domy, restauracje, sklepy, hotele czy szkoły, zdolnym do pomieszczenia 20 tys. osób. Jak podkreślają od początku pomysłodawcy, nie chodzi tu o żaden eksperyment czy futurystyczną wizję, ale realne i praktyczne rozwiązanie coraz poważniejszego problemu.



Warto tu podkreślić, że aż 80% obszaru Malediwów znajduje się na wysokości nie większej niż metr nad poziomem morza, a prognozy wskazują, że przed końcem wieku o mniej więcej tyle podniesie się poziom oceanów, co oznacza całkowite pochłonięcie przez wodę większości tego terenu.

Pływające miasta pozwalają zaś mieszkańcom archipelagu, których jest obecnie ponad pół miliona, z nadzieją patrzeć w przyszłość – rząd i biuro odpowiedzialne za projekt chcą za ich sprawą udowodnić z kolei, że to opcja zrównoważona, praktyczna, niedroga i bezpieczna, po którą w przyszłości najpewniej sięgać będą również inne kraje zagrożone przez rosnący poziom wód.

Wracając do samego Maldives Floating City (MFC), autorzy pomysłu chcą przyciągnąć mieszkańców kolorowymi budynkami mieszkalnymi z przestronnymi tarasami i niepowtarzalnym widokiem morza, oferując przy okazji konkurencyjne ceny – dla porównania można dodać, że we wspomnianym Male trudno o podobne warunki, bo 200 tys. osób jest tu dosłownie upchniętych na obszarze wielkości 8 km2. Mieszkańcy będą mogli się poruszać między jednostkami za pomocą łodzi, a w ramach jednostek pieszo, rowerami, hulajnogami czy pojazdami typu buggy.

Miasto powstaje w lokalnej stoczni, a następnie kolejne jednostki są dostarczane na miejsce i przymocowywane za pomocą stalowych teleskopowych pali do zamontowanej na dnie betonowej konstrukcji. Takie rozwiązanie pozwala na ruch całości i dryfowanie razem z falami, które nie powinny jednak stanowić większego problemu, bo otaczające miasto rafy koralowe tworzą naturalną barierę.

Jednocześnie miasto nie stanowi dla nich zagrożenia (a także dla całego okolicznego środowiska), co zostało dokładnie sprawdzone przez specjalistów, a co więcej podwodna część jednostek zostanie pokryta specjalną pianką, wspomagającą naturalny rozwój koralowców.

Co ciekawe, pod koniec kwietnia dowiedzieliśmy się, że ONZ pomoże w realizacji podobnego projektu w Korei Południowej, a mianowicie Oceanix. Ma ono powstać w mieście Pusan, którego port znajduje się w pierwszej dziesiątce największych portów świata i pomieścić docelowo nawet 100 tys. mieszkańców.

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By Mélanie Fereira et Pauline Boutin
BFM Lyon

La coque de 500 tonnes de béton a été déposée sur le Rhône à l’aide d’une grue de 56 mètres mardi. Cette opération titanesque est une première mondiale.

C’est une étape cruciale dans le chantier du théâtre flottant L’Île Ô qui s’est déroulé hier à Lyon. Une coque en béton de 500 tonnes de béton, sur laquelle sera bâti le théâtre, a été mise à l’eau au port Edouard-Herriot.

Petit à petit, le mastodonte en béton s’est détaché du sol, aider par une grue de 56 mètres. Au total, il a fallu une heure et demie pour le déposer sur l’eau, une opération d’envergure et une prouesse technique.

“On a dû lever la charge, mais aussi la pivoter et l’avancer, explique David Lahille, porteur du projet L’Île Ô et pilote du chantier. C’est un convoyage long et c’était assez sensible”, raconte-t-il.

“Personne ne l’avait fait avant”

“C’est la plus grosse coque de bâtiment flottant en béton du monde. Personne ne l’avait fait avant. Même les grutiers qui soulèvent des grues n’avaient pas fait ce genre de levage, s’est félicité Jean-Philippe Amy, également porteur du projet L’Île Ô. Et c’est un grand soulagement “, confie-t-il le sourire aux lèvres.

Pour déplacer la grande coque, les ouvriers ont dû prendre des dispositions particulières, tellement la cuve est massive. “On avait même dû consolider un peu le quai pour qu’il tienne le coup”, explique Jean-Philippe Amy.

La grue de 56 mètres a permis de déplacer la cuve.
La grue de 56 mètres a permis de déplacer la cuve. © BFM Lyon

Après plus d’une heure de manipulation, la coque en béton de 38 mètres de long sur 11 de large a enfin flotté. Ce qui ressemble à une prouesse ne répond qu’à une simple loi de la phyisque, rappelle Grégoire Douillet, directeur commercial de Vicat France.

“C’est la poussée d’Archimède. On revient aux fondamentaux de la chimie. Dans l’imaginaire collectif, on pense que le béton ne flotte pas. Mais pourquoi il ne flotterait pas comme les autres matériaux ?”, interroge-t-il.

Cette étape cruciale franchie, le chantier est encore loin d’être terminé. Il va désormais se poursuivre sur l’eau pendant encore deux mois. “Très vite, on va avoir une superstructure en bois, pour faire les gradins des salles de théâtre. Ensuite, on va poser la vêture et on va voir se dessiner cette vague de cube qui est l’idée de l’architecte”, Koen Olthuis qui défend un projet “durable avec des matériaux écoresponsables”.

Ouverture à l’automne prochain

Ce théâtre flottant doit accueillir le public dans deux salles, l’une de 250 places, l’autre de 80 places sur les berges du Rhône. Le projet est porté par L’Île Ô, et par l’équipe du Patadrôme théâtre basé à Irigny pour un coût de 2,6 millions d’euros. La Ville et la Métropole, ainsi que le ministère de la Culture ont financé en partie cette vaste structure architecturale.

Le théâtre flottant rejoindra son port d’attache sur le Rhône à la fin du mois d’août, sur la berge Bertha Von Suttner. Le public pourra découvrir le nouveau de théâtre à partir de l’automne prochain.

Sea level rise is coming for cities. But who can afford to ‘float’ their way out?

For the residents, living in Schoonship means intentionally living in the most climate responsive and environmentally sustainable way possible:ARCHITECT KOEN OLTHUIS/WATERSTUDIO.NL

When heavy rains batter Amsterdam, swelling the city’s waterways and threatening floods, one community is poised at the ready. Just off the bank of the northern Johan van Hasselt canal lies Schoonschip, a floating neighbourhood designed to rise with the water level. As the canal splashes beneath Schoonschip’s houses, inside, residents are living in what some architects see as the climate-resilient future of urban housing.

“You don’t necessarily need land to make houses,” says Marthijn Pool, co-founder of Space & Matter, one of the architecture firms that contributed to Schoonschip’s design. “Imagine making houses float: You combine the storm-water buffering with the potential of creating new residential areas? Then the residential areas are, from their conception, climate proof.”

This was the plan for Schoonschip, whose first residents – called “Schoonschippers” – began inhabiting their floating houses in December, 2018. Since then, the neighbourhood has become home to 46 households, connected by floating platforms to each other and to shore. For the residents, living in Schoonschip means intentionally living in the most climate-responsive and environmentally sustainable way possible: Heat comes from pumps that use aquathermal technology to extract warmth stored naturally in the canal below; electricity comes from solar panels connected to a shared grid; and roofs are partially covered by plants that absorb water, reflect sunlight and capture carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. There are no gas connections, nor private cars, but rather, a system for sharing electric vehicles and bikes with all residents.

In a country where about one-third of the land is below sea level, Schoonschip is an almost idyllic blueprint of a future where humans live in harmony with the water around them. But, the neighbourhood also lays bare a key challenge facing cities needing to adapt to flood risks exacerbated by climate change: How can climate resilient housing – like the kind residents of Schoonschip enjoy – be brought to scale as a solution for all city dwellers, and not just for those who can afford it?

Schoonschip residents are making an expensive investment in a climate-ready future, Mr. Pool says – and, currently, without any government aid. A home in the community costs 20 per cent more than a comparable one on solid ground – with options between €300,000 and €800,000 (approximately $400,000 to $1-million), according to news reports, compared to the national average of €428,000 ($578,000) – to account for the costs associated with making the homes float, installing solar panels and backup batteries, and implementing sewage systems.

“All that decentralized equipment and new layer of technology needs to be paid for, which you would normally have the municipality organize,” Mr. Pool says of the extra costs associated with the floating residences. “But as soon as you’ve done that initial, extra investment, you are independent.”

For homeowners, the cost becomes well worth it over time, he argues, noting that Schoonschip homes are future-proofed amid the growing threat of the climate crisis.

But scaling up floating neighbourhoods is tricky, and far from realized.

“You have to see Schoonschip as a nice step in the evolution of floating cities as they become more sustainable,” says Koen Olthuis, founder of the architecture firm Waterstudio, which contributed to the design of Schoonschip and has led projects to design floating homes and neighbourhoods around the world. “We are still far away from high-density, flexible, seasonal cities that I think the future will bring.”

That gap worries Thaddeus Pawlowski, adjunct associate professor of urban design and urban planning and director at the Center for Resilient Cities and Landscapes at Columbia University.

“Floating housing sounds good as a technological solution, but I think much more of the work of climate-change adaptation has to be done to redress historic injustice in the built environment,” he says. Mr. Pawlowski is concerned that private floating homes could exacerbate inequalities that already exist in cities, where low-income residents are the most vulnerable, and thus, worst affected by floods and other environmental disasters.

Unfortunately, climate-resilient homes are neither affordable nor widely available at the moment, but the designer says there is hope.ARCHITECT KOEN OLTHUIS/WATERSTUDIO.NL

“It’s not as exciting as floating cities, but I think we need to help people find housing options on safe, high ground,” Mr. Pawlowski says.

For now, with floating, climate-resilient homes in Schoonschip neither affordable nor widely available, the neighbourhood’s designer says it remains a climate solution reserved for the wealthy. “You make maybe 50 families happy, but that’s not an answer for the one million houses we have to build in the next six or seven years in the Netherlands,” Mr. Olthuis says.

But in other countries, the engineering technology behind Dutch floating homes has begun to pave the way for some larger, public-supported developments. In the Maldives, Mr. Olthuis’s firm is working with the government to build a floating community with homes, shops, restaurants and hotels. There, houses will cost upward of $320,000, a price point developers hope is affordable enough to draw interest from both tourists and locals, even though the floating homes would still be more expensive than some housing options in the nearby capital of Male.

Other places, such as in China’s flood-prone central Henan province, have developed “sponge cities” that use natural solutions, including wetlands, rain gardens and green roofs, to absorb water during intense rains. Implementing these solutions costs approximately $20-million a square kilometre of urban land, according to a recent paper published in the peer-reviewed journal Nature-Based Solutions.

Mr. Olthuis says he hopes floating homes will soon be a real solution for the millions of people who live in flood-prone cities around the world. High-density, affordable, energy-efficient and quick-to-build homes are all possible in floating, climate-resilient forms, he says. Reimagining how cities co-exist with the water around them has just begun.

“We are in this very difficult puzzle and we have to find a solution,” Mr. Olthuis says. “With water, we can try to cure the city and find solutions that the formula before couldn’t bring.”

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Maldives floating city planned to combat sea level rise

By Dive Magazine


overhead view of floating maldives city model
The Maldives Floating City is designed to resemble the hexagonal structure of brain coral (Image: Maldives Floating City)

Radical plans to develop an environmentally-friendly floating city in the Maldives have been announced by the Netherlands-based engineering firm Dutch Docklands.

Officially named Maldives Floating City (MFC), the development, which is being planned in cooperation with the government of the Maldives will be set in a lagoon location situated 10 minutes from the Maldivian capital, Malé

According to a Dutch Docklands press release, the ‘first-of-its-kind “island city”‘ will offer ‘ a revolutionary approach to modern sustainable living perched against a backdrop of the azure Indian Ocean… a futuristic dreamscape finally poised to become reality.’

The project has been in development for more than a decade and plans to feature thousands of waterfront residences floating along a flexible grid spread across the 200-hectare lagoon. MFC’s design will be ‘inspired by traditional Maldivian sea-faring culture’ and the homes will be eventually joined by hotels, restaurants, boutiques, and a ‘world-class’ marina.

MFC is a response to the existential threat of sea-level rise posed by climate change. As one of the lowest-lying countries in the world, much of it less than 2 metres above sea level, the Maldives is widely recognised as one of the countries in most danger of becoming uninhabitable in future years.

(Image: Maldives Floating City)
(Image: Maldives Floating City)
(Image: Maldives Floating City)

‘As a nation at the front lines of global warming, the Maldives is perfectly positioned to reimagine how humankind will survive — and, indeed, thrive — in the face of rising seas and coastal erosion,’ said a Dutch Docklands representative. ‘By leading in this effort, the Maldives not only lays the groundwork for combatting its own climate challenges, but provides a viable blueprint for other nations to follow.’

The developers are keen to play down the potential for environmental damage that the floating city might cause. The visible parts of the city above the surface are modelled on coral formations and will be connected to the barrier islands, which in turn serve as breakwaters for the lagoon. The company stress that, because the city is floating, damage to the reef will be minimal.

‘MFC does not require any land reclamation, therefore has a minimal impact on the coral reefs,’ said former president of the Maldives, Mohamed Nasheed. ‘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.;

Construction is expected to begin in 2022 and will be carried out in phases over the next five years. The first sea-front units are expected to be priced from $250,000, and will be available to foreign investors and Maldives residents alike.

‘With its unique location in a paradisiacal setting, next to President’s Island — and full support of the Government of Maldives — we are extremely proud to launch the first Floating City in the world,’ said Paul HTM van de Camp, CEO of Dutch Docklands. ‘This will be an amazing place where locals and foreigners can buy their dream property at affordable prices.’

Maldives Floating City

Rotterdam is getting a new FLOATING wooden tower

By Ailish Lalor
Dutch Review

Rotterdam’s already-iconic cityscape will be getting a new addition in the form of a floating wooden tower. The building is designed by renowned architects Waterstudio, who have produced stunning floating buildings before.

How will the building float?

Now, you might be wondering how a solid building can float on water. The answer is deceptively simple: instead of its bulk being made out of concrete (which is, of course, very heavy) the new tower will be made mostly from wood. To be precise, it will be constructed using Cross Laminated Timber (CLT), a material that Waterstudio has prior experience with.  Not only does this mean that the 130-foot-tall building will be light, it also means that it will be made out of a renewable resource. It will be a beautiful, environmentally-friendly addition to Rotterdam’s skyline.

The interior of the new tower. Image: Architect Koen Olthuis/ Waterstudio.NL

Plants, natural light, and a really cool shape

The wooden tower will mostly function as office space, but some areas of it will be open to the public, including a restaurant and a courtyard, according to Inhabitat. There will be plenty of greenery inside, which makes the plant-lovers among us very happy. A large expanse of glass will cover both sides of the building, allowing lots of natural light inside (which we need, with the everlasting grey of Dutch weather). According to Koen Olthuis, the leader of the firm, the design of the tower resembles a sheet of paper, whose edges have been pushed together to create a hill-shape in the middle.

Ploveća kuća s elektromotorima

Tvrtka Arkup bogatim kupcima diljem svijeta nudi luksuzne ploveće kuće, koje su posebno popularne u Nizozemskoj. Njihov novi model nosi naziv Arkup 1, a uz pomoć dva elektromotora snage 100 kW i potisnika plovi brzinom od 7 čvorova. Sigurnosti radi, opremljena je s hidrauličnim stabilizatorima dužine 6 m, što vlasniku omogućava da je izdigne iznad površine mora tijekom velikih valova.
Svakako treba naglasiti da je otporna na oluje i može izdržati udare vjetra od 250 km/h, tvrdi proizvođač. Ploveću kuću je projektirao nizozemski Waterstudio, a interijer je izradila brazilska tvrtke Artefacto. Duga je 22,9 m, ima površinu od 404 m2, sustav filtracije kišnice, kao i solarne panele od 36 kW koji pune baterije kapaciteta 1000 kWh. Jedina mana Arkupa 1 je visoka cijena od 5,5 milijuna dolara, ali tvrtka najavljuje kako će izgraditi još tri ovakve kuće te ih prodati bogatim šeicima. (Ž. S.)

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