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In the aftermath of the disastrous hurricanes that have hit the U.S. in the last year, housing startup Arkup has developed a residence that is able to withstand the rising sea levels associated with Category 4 hurricanes. Referred to as “livable yachts,” the key to the homes is its hydraulic lifting, which can raise the home 40 feet above the ocean floor. The company debuted the designs in 2017 and has since teamed up with The Advantaged Yacht Charter & Sales to make the structures available for purchase.

Other features of the floating homes are listed below:

· The residences were designed by architect Koen Olthuis, who has pioneered the concept of the floating home.
· Each 4,350-square-foot unit contains four bedrooms and four-and-a-half bathrooms.
· The residences provide 360-degree views of the water.
· They also have zero emissions and are powered by solar panels on the roof. Guests can disconnect from sewage lines, thanks to a system that collects, stores, and purifies rainwater.
· The units are just as mobile as a typical yacht.

Even as coastal residents become more fearful of rising sea levels, Olthuis wants cities to see water as an asset, not a challenge, to new construction. The retail price for each home is $5 million.

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