Arkup’s $2 million solar-powered floating yachts can withstand Category 4 hurricanes
Floating homes aren’t exactly a novel idea. The Floating Seahorse homes in Dubai means that your bedroom window opens out to underwater views. Also in Dubai, an entire resort, called the Floating Venice, is being built 4 km off the coast. But while these two projects have a permanent position, housing startup Arkup has proposed a radical concept – floating homes that can be moved around. Think of it as a floating-home-come-yacht.
Architect Koen Olthuis is building the homes such that will be able to withstand Category 4 hurricanes which consist of winds up to 250kph. The hydraulic system works like an anchor and lifts the home up to a height of 40 feet above the ocean floor to prevent it from being flooded should the sea level rise.
The homes will also be built as sustainable and environmentally friendly units. It will be powered by solar panels built on the roof and systems that will harvest and purify rainwater for plumbing purposes.
The layout of each home will be entirely customizable. The standard layout includes four bedrooms, a living room, dining area and a fully-fitted kitchen. Floor to ceiling windows all around this two-storey structure means sweeping panoramic views of the horizon. Fitted with a 272hp motor, it can be moved around when you get tired of the same view of the coast.
Olthuis through his own firm called Waterstudio has extensive experience in building overwater properties. They built a permanently anchored home over the water in the Netherlands in 2006 apart from building a floating habitat tower in Dianchi Lake in China that is expected to be ready by next year.
The Arkup “liveable yachts”, the concept of which was showcased earlier this month at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, will be priced at $2 million – $3 million each. The first prototypes are expected to be ready and available on the Miami River by the summer of 2018.