The Citadel: A floating apartment complex in Netherlands

2009-07-15-004-citadelkopieThe 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 , 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: Jordana, Sebastian. "The Citadel: A floating apartment complex in Netherlands" 06 Aug 2009. ArchDaily. Accessed 22 May 2015. <>
  • german osorio

    for your info, Mexico City was built over water centuries ago by the Aztecs, this is just an apartment complex imagine!! water breaking??? don’t think so!

    • John

      If this is all you have to say about this splendid design, then keep your mout shut.


        dont be so aggresive johan. its not about technology. but the desing is in my oppinion quite bad.

  • theChavacano

    What is with your issues dude, the project is quite interesting, and this is all you have to say?

  • LucasAbreu

    So the Dutch did the same.
    Besides, Mexico city isn’t a floating city, is it?

    Nice project, indeed!

    • francis

      Mexico is actually a sinking city…

  • thanhtran

    wow, it’s the audience, enjoy a little rock sound with space for architecture model house … whether it be a new trend in the future ???…

  • sirisha bysani

    i love it

  • jorge girod

    I´ve lived several years in NL. I really appreciate the Dutch thing of not just having ideas, but thinking they can be done… and actually do them. Still i think is a way of thinking we should very much admire and try to import to our daily work. Though, about the project, and after my experience there, i´m quite doubting wether it will be built or not. Round shapes and this kind of complicated lies are not very appreciated by contractors… mainly because of the dutch construction system. It rises this price quite a lot… and more if we listen to the apparent concept of minimizing costs with all this water thing etc…

    Just a small coment: I still love when dutch continue inserting things like palm trees in their renders ;). looks nice, but NL is not Lloret de Mar in Spain where they go on vacation

    • jorge girod

      sorry i meant lines not lies!

    • Martin

      You mentioned that the Netherlands is not Lloret de Mar in Spain regarding the palm trees…. But the Dutch are looking ahead and with global temperatures rising, it’s quite possible to have palm trees growing in… The Netherlands. That’s also why the people are looking into floating houses because of rising water levels….

    • mng

      totally agree!!!

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  • danieldaiber

    I like it a lot.

    And averything is somehow allready been done my friend.

    Innovation ain’t the meaning of architecture, is just an ilussion so people can make more money with it.

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  • Babcia Jadzia

    It reminds me Dbut it’s Dupli Casa, but it’s much less ordered. I don’t like it. Sorry…

  • Babcia Jadzia

    Dupli Casa* – by the way, very good project.

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