Evelyn Lee

DUTCH FLOATING HOMES By DuraVermeer

by , 04/02/07

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We’ve covered Amphibious Houses in the past, and the Dutch seem to be the masters of designing floating homes — for obvious climatic reasons having to do with their wet marshy landscape. Now Dutch developer DuraVermeer adds their rendition of water-bound living with the addition of 26 amphibious homes in Massbommel in the Netherlands. Each of the brightly colored homes are built on the hollow concrete cube base that is anchored to the land by a single vertical pile. All utilities, including electricity and water are brought into the house through flexible pipes that allows each house to adapt to a 13 foot rise in the water table.


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While the houses are not exactly cheap, starting at $310,000, DuraVermeer says the demand is still high and gaining international interest. Officials from New Orleans have visited Maasbommel to take a closer look at the floating houses and see how they might take the concept back home to address the similar climatic issues on the gulf coast.

A developing company in the construction and innovative industry, DuraVermeer continues to look for new ways of co-operation between different markets and governments. The design of the floating houses was an innovative and provocative challenge for the company to take on.

+ DuraVermeer’s Amphibious Houses

+ WaterStudio’s Amphibious Houses
+ Interview with Floating Architect Koen Olthius

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16 Comments

  1. APAlvarado August 1, 2011 at 11:31 pm

    The principle is promising, however how does existing settlements like this address waste generation [solid and liquid]and management? Wht happens to the flora underwater and/or under the structures?

  2. love March 11, 2011 at 3:20 am

    hai m Abhishek a 3rd year civil engineering student from india..
    m also working on simaler type of project.
    wan to discous few of my ideas with u..
    contact me at iamfree2day4u@gmail.com
    may b we can make it reality together.

  3. Kimo Al Quds October 16, 2009 at 11:57 am

    i THINK THESE ARE BRILLIANT.NOW IF THEY EQUIP THEM WITH THEIR OWN RENEWABLE POWER SOURCES FROM SOLAR, WIND AND INTERNALY GENERATED NATURAL GAS, THESE WOULD BE A MONSTER, ESPECIALLY FOR THE LAKES AND RIVERS IN THE SOUTH WHERE IT DOESNT FREEZE.

  4. lyroland September 26, 2009 at 7:15 am

    Im a filipino architect..this design could be a solution to the crowded urban housing in our country…varies it into a much smaller area and cheaper somewhat…

  5. lyroland September 26, 2009 at 7:09 am

    im so much interested to study closer the structural plans,kindly e mail me at plyroland@yahoo.com

  6. lyroland September 26, 2009 at 7:03 am

    Wow,im an architect myself from the philippines…the designer does really have an ingenious and a great design…it could be solution for the housing needs,as we all aware of the global warming nowadays,and the rising up of the sea level…i salute to the principal architect…

  7. W.W.Hawrylenko September 3, 2008 at 1:08 pm

    Looks good,on Vancouver Island we are under an earthquake watch,They are upgradeing all buildings,and schools.
    Thi s type of building would have or could have a lot of interest,by people who have Ocean front property like us.
    The Ocean is rising. Cheers Walter

  8. ANN SOUTH AFRICA February 27, 2008 at 10:01 am

    I HAVE SEEN THESE FLOATING HOUSES ON TV AND I LOVE THE IDEA – EVERYONE HERE IN SOUTH AFRICA IS BUILDING ON THE GROUND BUT I WOULD LOVE TO STAY ON THE WATER. SO IF THERE IS A SIMPLER AND SMALLER DESIGN I WOULD LOVE TO KNOW ABOUT IT.

  9. Edwina McCombs November 8, 2007 at 6:22 pm

    I loved this idea, I seen the story on the Science Channel, it the USA. I want to learn more about the homes. Winnie

  10. Alejandra Valenzuela May 15, 2007 at 8:50 pm

    EStimados:
    Les escribo desde chile….Sud America .
    Mi tesis se basa en el PORQUE VIVIR EN VIVIENDAS FLOTANTES….aun no he llegado a ese punto e investigando me encontre esta pagina.
    Es interesante el PORQUE de ustedes!…POCO SUELO…HOLANDA…
    en fin …Me pueden mandar info a la pagina personal web…me encantaria que me respondieran este correo,,,cualquier info se los agradesco
    Alejandra Valenzuela
    Universidad de las Americas
    escuela de Arquitectura

  11. Nick Simpson April 3, 2007 at 9:29 am

    Thanks Bob – are they in an area at particular risk of flooding? I assume they’re on the Maas river, but obviously that’s a pretty long river… But as I say, it’s going to be interesting to see how the Netherlands react to rising sea levels in the next couple of decades or so. With luck I’ll be living over there in time so whatever the plan is I hope it’s a good one…

  12. Bob Ellenberg April 2, 2007 at 5:30 pm

    They are in fact designed to float up in a flooding situation and stay tethered.

  13. Corey Steed April 2, 2007 at 2:17 pm

    please link me to more of these type structures, please. these are awesome and peak my interest. thanks and keep up the good work.

  14. scott April 2, 2007 at 12:53 pm

    Hey RO,
    im not sorry to be annoying, but your second sentence is incoherent. :)

  15. Nick Simpson April 2, 2007 at 6:48 am

    This is a brilliant idea and appears to work well, although how well do the houses sit if they’re not tethered to the bank? Unfortunately it can’t be a viable solution to the rising waters, but it’s a start…

  16. Ro April 2, 2007 at 6:06 am

    Sorry to be annoying, but in the first paragraph you misspelled Maasbommel. :)

    Other than that, I don’t really the homes, but that’s pure personal taste

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