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INHABITAT INTERVIEW: Water Architect Koen Olthuis on Floating Buildings & Hydro-Cities

INHABITAT INTERVIEW: Water Architect Koen Olthuis on Floating Buildings & Hydro-Cities

Architect Koen Olthuis of Waterstudio.nl has been fascinating the Inhabitat editors for years with his innovative floating buildings and aqua-tecture. Far from being confined by convention -- or by the

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Floating River Sauna in Germany Takes Oasis to Another Level

Floating River Sauna in Germany Takes Oasis to Another Level

Depth variations on river Lahn presented a challenging task for the architects. As a solution, the sauna was built as a floating pontoon structure using 20 rectangular floats supported by a steel

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Tiny Floating SAFE+ Tsunami Shelters Double as Karaoke Booths in Non-Emergencies

Tiny Floating SAFE+ Tsunami Shelters Double as Karaoke Booths in Non-Emergencies

SAFE+ weights only 1,300 kg (2,866 lbs) and is 6.2 m long, 2.3 m wide and 2.3 m high (20.2 x 7.6 x 7.56 ft). These spacious shelters are roughly the size of a large SUV and come in two models with

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Remistudio’s Massive Floating Ark Battles Rising Tides

Remistudio’s Massive Floating Ark Battles Rising Tides

The Ark concept, which Remistudio designed in connection with the International Union of Architects’ program "Architecture for Disaster Relief," can be built in various climates and in seismically

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Floating Arctic Harvester Farm Uses Water from Melting Icebergs to Feed Greenland

Floating Arctic Harvester Farm Uses Water from Melting Icebergs to Feed Greenland

The floating hydroponic farm uses melting icebergs as a massive resource for growing fruit and vegetables. The structure is shaped as a traditional village-the circular form encompasses a central bay in

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WXCA’s Floating Pavilions Win the Baltic Sea Park Competition in Estonia

WXCA’s Floating Pavilions Win the Baltic Sea Park Competition in Estonia

The design is a multifunctional space that can be used as a venue for various cultural events-from concerts and performances to communal gatherings. It acts as the ending point of a path that leads from

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Google’s Mysterious Barge to be a Temporary Exhibition Space with 12 ‘Fish Fin’ Sails

Google’s Mysterious Barge to be a Temporary Exhibition Space with 12 ‘Fish Fin’ Sails

The mystery surrounding a barge moored near San Francisco's Treasure Island has been solved, but the Google showroom is getting more interesting by the day. Designed by Gensler and LOT-EK and submitted by

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Self-Sufficient RE:Villa Floating Island Concept Recycles Coastal Pollution Into Building Material

Self-Sufficient RE:Villa Floating Island Concept Recycles Coastal Pollution Into Building Material

Together with a naval architect and a building engineer, WHIM architecture is developing an island prototype that employs recycled coastal pollution as building material. The RE:Villa would be constructed

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Arthur Kupreychuk’s Surrealist ‘Under the Cloud’ Railway Station is Topped With a Floating Roof

Arthur Kupreychuk’s Surrealist ‘Under the Cloud’ Railway Station is Topped With a Floating Roof

Arthur Kupreychuk's creative design for a train station in Sevastopol, Ukraine, consists of a passenger terminal building with a cloud-shaped canopy suspended above it. The supporting structure of the

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Rotterdam’s Solar-Powered Floating Pavilion is an Experimental Climate-Proof Development

Rotterdam’s Solar-Powered Floating Pavilion is an Experimental Climate-Proof Development

Aiming to be the World Capital of CO2 by reducing fifty per cent its carbon emissions, Rotterdam has ambitious plans to adapt to rising sea levels. The idea is to build a community of floating homes,

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Waterstudio.nl Proposes Floating City Apps To Aid Slums Affected By Rising Sea Levels

Waterstudio.nl Proposes Floating City Apps To Aid Slums Affected By Rising Sea Levels

Wet slums are slum communities that live in conjunction with the water and many occur around the world. The connection to the water also puts them at risk for climate change and rising sea levels. To aid

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Floating Cinema by Duggan Morris Architects Set to Sail Through London

Floating Cinema by Duggan Morris Architects Set to Sail Through London

The Floating Cinema will be used for on-board screenings, workshops and canal tours, as part of the collaboration between UP Projects and film-maker artist duo Somewhere (Nina Pope and Karen Guthrie).With

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VIDEO: Koen Olthuis Shares the Benefits of Floating Cities at TEDxWarwick

VIDEO: Koen Olthuis Shares the Benefits of Floating Cities at TEDxWarwick

Koen Olthuis, founder of Waterstudio.nl and floating architecture expert, recently gave a talk at TEDxWarwick on the benefits of floating cities. For years, we've been following Olthuis' work - including

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Robert Oshatz’s Floating Fennell House is a Passive Riverside Dream Home

Robert Oshatz’s Floating Fennell House is a Passive Riverside Dream Home

The entire structure is made from Glulam wood beams that Oshatz stacked and connected to make his signature swirling and curved design. Glulam is made from a number of small pieces of timber glued

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Modular Floating Homes by Isola System Leave an Ultralight Footprint

Modular Floating Homes by Isola System Leave an Ultralight Footprint

Have you ever wanted to live on water, but don't see yourself  swinging an anchor over a boat's hull? Isola System has created a new and simple  floating housing solution that allows you to build up a

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Crazy Water Capsule Concept Could Keep Flooding Victims Dry and Comfortable

Crazy Water Capsule Concept Could Keep Flooding Victims Dry and Comfortable

Once transported to the floating capsule via a hot air dirigible, flood victims (albeit probably the most privileged of them) are instantly immersed in a futuristic setting. It's not an especially large

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Dutchman Builds Massive Ark to Save the Netherlands From Drowning

Dutchman Builds Massive Ark to Save the Netherlands From Drowning

Inspired by a dream (or in this case nightmare) about a massive flood that wiped out Holland, ambitious native Dutchman Johan Huibers has constructed a full-sized, water-ready ark just like Noah’s. “I

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Amphibious 1000: A Design for Qatar’s First Luxury Semi-Submerged Floating Hotel

Amphibious 1000: A Design for Qatar’s First Luxury Semi-Submerged Floating Hotel

Called Amphibious 1000, this design envisions Qatar's first semisubmerged hotel as a big aquatic animal stretching out from the land into the sea. Designed by the Giancarlo Zema Design Group, the project

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World’s First Floating Golf Course Set to Break Water in the Maldives

World’s First Floating Golf Course Set to Break Water in the Maldives

Located five minutes from the Maldives airport, the 18-hole golf course will include luxurious accommodations, which overlook the green fairways and the surrounding reef. The golf course is doubly

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Beautiful Modern Water Villa Sets Sail in Amsterdam

Beautiful Modern Water Villa Sets Sail in Amsterdam

The 200 square meter split-level houseboat on De Omval keeps a low profile to respect local building ordinances. Part of the home is submerged underwater, but +31 Architects made sure to provide

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The Last Resort: A Solar Powered Floating Home

The Last Resort: A Solar Powered Floating Home

Living on the water is a dream for many -- fortunately, this design for a solar-powered floating home may soon see open water! Brought to you by the same designers who came up with the futuristic bicycle

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Floating Garden Spa Offers a Relaxing Eco Retreat

Floating Garden Spa Offers a Relaxing Eco Retreat

What could be more relaxing than spending a weekend drifting out to sea on your own floating island? Throw in some vertical gardens, a lush green landscape, and a luxury spa and you've really got our

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Mermaid-Inspired Aquatic Building by JDS Architects

Mermaid-Inspired Aquatic Building by JDS Architects

Last week we featured flying architecture, and now here's a floating structure inspired by the grace and curvilinear form of a mermaid. European firm, JDS Architects' Mermaid building is in a way both

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The Waterpod: a Floating Eco-Habitat

The Waterpod: a Floating Eco-Habitat

Waterworld this is not; Waterpod is the real deal! Concieved by artists Mary Mattingly and Mira Hunter, the Waterpod is a visionary, floating habitat set to launch—certainly not coincinentally—on May

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