Gallery: Incredible Floating Pre-Fab Neighborhood Pops Up in The Nether...

Houseboats have been around for quite a while, and the Dutch have built some extraordinary ones.

Houseboats have been around for quite a while, and the Dutch have built some extraordinary ones. Building floating neighborhoods is the next obvious step, as development pressure is making terrestrial resources increasingly scarce. The 75 mixed income units on the Steigereiland (Jetty Island), located on the IJ Lake, are very similar in look, with only subdued colors and various heights distinguishing them from each other. The triangular dock layout and differing distances between rows help keep the development from becoming too uniform. A ring of similar-looking homes on the adjacent dike maintain the clean aesthetic.

The homes have an upper deck to the water and a veranda facing the dock to encourage occupants to connect with their surroundings. Each house starts as a concrete tub which is then built up three stories with a metal frame. Colored plastic or glass panels are inserted into the frame to customize each unit. One to three homes are built in a single tub, with the lowest floor situated halfway below the water level.

What is so astonishing about the design is how the neighborhood can grow and change according to its needs. While the promise of “mobile” homes never really succeeded on land, it might just be the ticket on the water.

+ Architectenbureau Marlies Rohmer

Via Plataforma Arquitectura

Photographs by Roos AldershoffMarcel van der BurgLuuk Kramer,


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  1. Los Angeles Cabinets May 6, 2011 at 2:00 pm

    There are several interesting points in this posting but I don’t know if I am in agreement with all. There is some credibility but I will hold my opinions until I look into it further. Fine post, thanks and we want more! Added to FeedBurner too

  2. thomasbekkenes March 28, 2011 at 6:33 am

    Where does the poo go?

  3. mozhde March 28, 2011 at 5:01 am

    hi please send me several image of architecture

  4. Dee R March 26, 2011 at 9:37 pm

    Give this project about 5 more years, then please revisit and interview the residents, about their living adjustments, if any. On the surface, no pun intended, it’s a great idea!

  5. tieger March 25, 2011 at 10:18 am

    How about Tsunamis, High Waves or Storms on the seaside… Would they resist?

  6. Bridgette March 25, 2011 at 10:13 am

    Love this project. Floating architecture has a lot of really interesting opportunities.

  7. chapmanjulia March 25, 2011 at 10:07 am

    Problem of this place, however nice, is that in the middle of this ‘pond’ stands a big electricity tower. When you are there, you hear it buzzing. It’s also unclear if there are long term effects as to living in such close proximity of such a thing.

  8. caeman March 25, 2011 at 9:20 am

    Hooray for making the best use of what you’ve got, but what is the long-term effect of a growing number of house boats on the fresh water they are parked on? Lowered photosynthesis due to less light? Less oxygen in the water for the fish due to less plant life?

  9. lazyreader March 25, 2011 at 7:55 am

    Kids: Mommie can we go swimming………
    Mom: Sure 0:41

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