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  7. Floating Houses in IJburg / Architectenbureau Marlies Rohmer

Floating Houses in IJburg / Architectenbureau Marlies Rohmer

  • 01:00 - 20 March, 2011
Floating Houses in IJburg / Architectenbureau Marlies Rohmer
Floating Houses in IJburg / Architectenbureau Marlies Rohmer, © Marcel van der Burg
© Marcel van der Burg

© Marcel van der Burg © Roos Aldershoff © Luuk, Kramer © Marcel van der Burg +25

From the architect. Is it a boat? Is it a house? Is it romantic or is it pragmatic? It is a hybrid. It is not what you think it is. Seventy-five floating homes and waterside dyke houses in the private (rental and owner-occupied) sector.Building on the water is a different story.

© Roos Aldershoff
© Roos Aldershoff

The Netherlands has a history of living close to water and of coping with its caprices. That means living on land protected by dykes, on mounds, on shore or floating. Only recently have floating homes been eligible as a significant solution to Holland’s modern housing needs. Canals with houseboats are of course a familiar sight in Dutch cities and one may find the occasional floating hotel or restaurant. But these are always individual units and bear more resemblance to boats than to houses.

© Marcel van der Burg
© Marcel van der Burg

In recent years, however, there has been an increase in the number of water-based housing developments that share more characteristics with land-based housing. These floating dwellings form part of an urban design. They are financially classified as immovable properties, and compete with land-based accommodation in their interior volume and comfort level. The new water-based developments can incorporate several forms of living with the water. Besides floating homes, they may include amphibious homes and homes that stand free of the water on mounds, dykes or other waterside situations. The IJburg district of Amsterdam is to have complete floating neighbourhoods, with jetties instead of paved footpaths and city plazas.

© Luuk, Kramer
© Luuk, Kramer

The growing enthusiasm for living beside or on the water has two pragmatic motives. Firstly, rising sea levels and increased precipitation will make it necessary to dedicate ever larger areas of land to water storage basins and peak overflow zones. Secondly, some hold that there is already a crucial shortage of new building land. Not everyone shares that view, however: the strategic consolidation of existing towns produces a sharper urban/rural contrast, making many greenfield developments superfluous or even detrimental. Living – and working – on the water is in effect the multiple utilization of space. It is also a way of redeveloping obsolete dockland areas and flooded quarries. Another, more aesthetic, argument in favour of living on the water is that it fosters a feeling of liberty and of closeness to nature.

© Marcel van der Burg
© Marcel van der Burg
Location to be used only as a reference. It could indicate city/country but not exact address. Cite: "Floating Houses in IJburg / Architectenbureau Marlies Rohmer" 20 Mar 2011. ArchDaily. Accessed . <http://www.archdaily.com/120238/floating-houses-in-ijburg-architectenbureau-marlies-rohmer/>
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Lilian Ykeda · September 24, 2014

O Brasil está precisando desse exemplo de vida, praticar o desenvolvimento sustentável para um futuro melhor.Ação que deve ser não somente dos governantes, mas também da população.

Steven Doleac · August 14, 2012

I like the concept. But looking for 3 bedrooms, floatable house that will float when tides and storm water surges...knowing the house will be safe from flooding. I don't see any solar or wind powered applications. Also, where are the ac/heat units stored?
Thanks, Steve

Mario Delgado · June 03, 2012

Dude! I totally wanna live in a floating house in Amsterdam! http://t.co/rYkhMiNY

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John-David Carling · February 04, 2012

how does the tall one stay up?

Edmaro Cabete · January 05, 2012

Hello,

I am living in Canada and I would like to obtain information to purchase a floating home in Ijburg Amsterdam , can someone please get in touch with me and send me some information.?
Thank you.
Edmaro Cabete

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ADEFELA ADENOWO · April 01, 2011

This type of design is most applicable where is land shortage.

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Sometimes it's all about the power of ideas.

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up_today_arch · March 21, 2011

nice cincept.... but architecture itself is the same as for houses sitting on lend...

aufialwi · March 21, 2011

send em to Japan!

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