The modern floating house is a recent innovation, and Dutch firm Koen Olthuis' Waterstudio prides itself on being the first modern architecture firm to exclusively focus on them. New York Times staffer Christopher F. Schuetze reports on Olthuis and how his firms designs for floating housing offer solutions for rising sea levels.
Waterstudio builds floating housing for high-end clients in Dubai but also provides floating buildings in such places as Korail Bosti, Bangladesh’s largest slum. A project in New Jersey will also focus on those with smaller budgets:
For those on a tighter budget, Mr. Olthuis is set to help reconvert on-the-water living spaces in Weehawken, N.J., just south of the Lincoln Tunnel, on the Hudson River. The first phase of the project focuses on “livable yachts,” which are scheduled to go on the market late next year for slightly less than nearby condos, according to Steve Israel, the developer.