Architects Look to Floating Building Designs as the Climate Shifts

"Given the impact of climate change, we can begin to think a lot more about the opportunity for living with water as opposed to fighting it," architect Kunlé Adeyemi said.

Wed January 24, 2018 - National Edition
Emily Buenzle


BIG, an architecture firm, along with Barcode Architects, designed a 150,900-sq.ft. housing complex to be floated onto the IJ Lake, which will become part of a neighborhood built on man-made islands, CNN reported.
BIG, an architecture firm, along with Barcode Architects, designed a 150,900-sq.ft. housing complex to be floated onto the IJ Lake, which will become part of a neighborhood built on man-made islands, CNN reported.

As climate change brings rise to concerns like rising sea levels for cities across the globe, architects are looking for ways to adapt. One concept rising to the surface is floating buildings, CNN reported.

One forward-looking country is the Netherlands, where water-based structures and canal systems have long been a part of everyday life. Now, the country is taking the concept one step further. In Amsterdam, for example, the number of new houseboats is increasing. One of the city's latest floating homes by Framework Architecten and Studio Prototype features slatted timber.

In addition, BIG, another architecture firm, along with Barcode Architects, designed a 150,900-sq.ft. housing complex to be floated onto the IJ Lake, which will become part of a neighborhood built on man-made islands, CNN reported. BIG is also working on other floating structures, and recently finished an affordable student housing complex made from shipping containers.

In another part of the world, architect Kunlé Adeyemi has designed a series of floating structures, including a school and a radio station, in Lagos, Nigeria, CNN reported.

"Given the impact of climate change, we can begin to think a lot more about the opportunity for living with water as opposed to fighting it," Adeyemi said.




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