THE FLOATING HOUSES
Architects – Marlies Rohmer Architects & Urbanists
Location - Amsterdam, Netherlands
Client - Ontwikkelings-combinatie Waterbuurt West
Year of completion ( Phase I) - 2011
The IJburg neighbourhood, which consists the floating houses, is the latest district of Amsterdam built over a number of artificial islands which have been raised from the IJmeer lake.
The neighbourhood has 75 (93, according to Financial Times) individual floating houses moored around slender jetties like house boats.
The floating homes are supported by buoyant concrete tubs submerged in the water to a depth of half a story. A lightweight supporting steel construction is built on top, which is fitted with wooden panelling to make rooms and floors. Bedrooms and the bathroom are contained in the lowest story, which is partly submerged. The raised ground floor houses kitchen and dining spaces. Connected to an open terrace deck, the main living area occupies the cantilevered upper floor.
The houses were built at a shipyard about 65 km north of IJ Lake, then tugged though canal locks, which means the houses can’t exceed widths of more than 6.5 meters. To ensure that the homes don’t drift away or into one another, they’re anchored to the lake bed by steel mooring poles.
This ambitious project is still under construction, but more than 20,000 people have already moved in. When complete, the neighbourhood will have 18,000 homes for 45,000 residents as well as schools, shops, leisure centers, and restaurants.
The IJburg district of Amsterdam is to have complete floating neighbourhoods, with jetties instead of paved footpaths and city plazas.
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