Gallery: The Citadel: Europe’s First Floating Apartment Complex

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The Dutch have been fighting the rising and falling tides for centuries, building dikes and pumping water out of areas that are below sea level. Now, rather than fight the water infiltrating their land, the Dutch will use it as part of a new development called ‘New Water‘, which will feature the world’s first floating apartment complex, The Citadel. This “water-breaking” new project was designed by Koen Olthuis of Waterstudio in the Netherlands, and will use 25% less energy than a conventional building on land thanks to the use of water cooling techniques.

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  1. SeasaCleaus April 25, 2012 at 9:01 am


  2. Alejandra September 16, 2010 at 10:45 pm

    When will they make houses like these? I sure do want one…

  3. john w. king March 5, 2010 at 3:16 pm

    what is the floating principle and what is the loading capacity

  4. Save-world February 11, 2010 at 10:34 am

    great, finally some people are tackling the world’s over-crowding instead of complaining about it.

    can we invent also whole cities on the same concept?

  5. kalamazoo mi apartments December 26, 2009 at 11:00 pm

    Wow, these sound like really fancy apartments. I can’t imagine owning something so awesome as apartments floating on the water. I guess I’ll have to settle for my normal apartments :-)

  6. bugmenot August 8, 2009 at 11:07 am

    All is well and good.
    Until it springs a leak.

  7. davidwayneosedach July 30, 2009 at 9:16 pm

    The floating apartments are certainly attractive. How about maintenance? This structure seems to have more surface area than a boat which (mine) I am well aware of cleaning. Or are these structures somehow self-cleaning?

  8. maastrichtbiker July 30, 2009 at 10:02 am

    “The Dutch have been fighting the rising and falling tides for centuries”

    Don’t remember any falling tides, let alone a reason to fight them.

    “the Netherlands, which is almost completely composed of wetlands”

    The view from Maastricht is quite different: no stinkin’ muddy wetlands in sight for hundreds of kilometers. Seeforyourself

    Final reality check: the palms in the photo gallery: whoohahahaha…

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