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The Citadel: A floating apartment complex in Netherlands

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, and developed by ONW OPP/BNG  in the Netherlands, and will use 25% less energy than a conventional building on land thanks to the use of water cooling techniques.

Seen at Inhabitat. More images after the break. 

Cite:Sebastian Jordana. "The Citadel: A floating apartment complex in Netherlands" 06 Aug 2009. ArchDaily. Accessed . <http://www.archdaily.com/31358/the-citadel-a-floating-apartment-complex-in-netherlands/>