Houses floating on the top of water are nothing new, as they have been around for a long time. However, Dubai seems to be the hub of most luxurious of these water homes.
Each luxury residence is designed to have multiple floors and can be used as either a vacation home or a business residence. To keep the temperature moderate, the house will use an air-handling system with separate controls for each room. One of the features of the house focused on sustainability is the heat pump that will be utilized in conjunction with the air handling system to use surface water for heating and cooling.
The eco-friendly floating habitat WaterNest 100, designed by Giancarlo Zema for EcoFloLife is an enveloping of 100 sqm residential unit.
Sea levels are predicted to rise. There are different types of floating homes, permanently floating homes and homes that float only when flood waters swell, but sit on the ground during the dry season. Requiring the later on new construction within floodplains, and considering same for threatened shorelines, is one way to plan for the future.
This concept for a floating house isn’t totally new, in fact Brad Pitt’s organization, Make It Right, has already constructed a home in the Lower 9th Ward in New Orleans that can break away and float in case of flooding. If the home were to be inundated with water, it would rise up thanks to the buoyancy of the inner tubes and ride along the vertical guides. The home can handle a maximum water level of 2.5 meters, and a surrounding canopy constructed of metal beams and shipping pallets would help shade the structure.
In an effort to address the challenges of climate change and sea level rise, the City of Rotterdam has started to build some intriguing floating structures. The first pilot project is a catalyst for climate change-proof architecture called the Floating Pavilion that consists of three connected hemispheres that look like bubbles anchored within the Dutch city’s old harbor.