The Dutch are experimenting with floating buildings. The Netherlands, sitting largely below sea level, is highly susceptible to flooding. In an act of preparation for the effects of global climate change, a 10,764 square-foot domed structure has been seen floating in the Rijnhaven harbor near the City of Rotterdam.
The concept originated out of a design competition held at the Delft University of Technology which called for the development of a floating city. Bart Roeffen was the architect who designed the building pictured above. It’s expected that this will be the first of many floating structures, with an estimated goal of 5,000 for the future. The building can be subjected to tidal conditions, is said to be impossible to sink, and is self-supporting, incorporating a smart, use-adaptive climate-control system, passive solar energy, and a wastewater system that recycles and self-purifies.
Roeffen’s firm, DeltaSync has plans to create self sufficient floating homes that are powered by a single utility plant as well.
Considering the setting, wouldn’t this make for good use in the Gulf Coast or any region susceptible to flooding? We have all seen the devastation created by Hurricane Katrina, but what if homes were created to float? Specifically land based homes, that if threatened by water, would float. For now, let’s put possible problems on the back burner, like controlling a runaway floating home, and instead concentrate on the idea that infrastructure could be saved. Floating homes exist, the difference here is that those used in the Netherlands aren’t tied to land. Thoughts?