These hurricane-proof floating homes are packed with green features

October 26, 2017 by  
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These solar-powered, zero-emission floating homes are packed with green goodness. Designed by Dutch architect Koen Olthius in collaboration with Arkup , an “avant-garde life on water” company based in Miami, the livable yachts operate 100% off the grid and feature waste management, rainwater harvesting and water purification systems. The 4,350-square-foot homes are equipped with 30 kW of solar panels , 1,000 kWh of lithium-ion batteries and high-grade insulation. They are also extremely safe and, thanks to the inclusion of self-elevating systems, they can withstand high winds, floods and hurricanes. Related: Koen Olthuis of WaterStudio.nl talks about design for a Water World The 40-foot-long hydraulic legs can stabilize the floating homes or even lift them out of the water. If you want to relocate, two 136 horsepower electric thrusters can move the structure at 7 knots. Rainwater is collected from the roof, stored in the hull, and purified to ensure complete water autonomy. The 24×12 foot sliding terrace adds plenty of integrated outdoor space and is surrounded by shock-resistant glass panels, while a smart communications system (including satellite TV and WI-FI antennas, LTE and VHF) allows you to stay connected at all times. + Arkup + Waterstudio

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

March 26, 2012 by  
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Click here to view the embedded video. Koen Olthius , 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 Olthius’ work – including his floating homes and Waterstudio.nl’s proposals for amazing water-based cities. Now his ideas for floating cities are getting a lot more attention as they offer ways to reduce the risks of flooding and climate change while opening up more space in dense urban environments. Olthius’ TEDx talk in Warwick is a great overview of his philosophy and how floating architecture can help change the world. + Waterstudio.nl + TEDxWarwick Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “sustainable architecture” , eco design , floating architecture , floating cities , floating homes , green architecture , Green Building , green design , Koen Olthius , Sustainable Building , sustainable design , TED Talk , tedx , tedx talk , tedxwarwick , Video , water architecture , water buildings , Waterstudio.nl , you tube video

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

April 22, 2011 by  
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Read the rest of World’s First Floating Golf Course Set to Break Water in the Maldives http://www.inhabitat.com/wp-admin/ohttp://www.inhabitat.com/wp-admin/options-general.php?page=better_feedptions-general.php?page=better_feed Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “sustainable architecture” , Climate Change , dutch docklands , eco design , floating architecture , floating developments , floating golf course , golf course , green architecture , Green Building , green design , Koen Olthius , Maldives , maldives island , rising sea levels , Sustainable Building , sustainable design , sustainable golf course , troon golf , Waterstudio.nl

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