The Citadel: The World's First Floating Apartment Complex

Illustration for article titled The Citadel: The Worlds First Floating Apartment Complex

Since Holland is mostly under sea level, keeping houses from flooding is a constant problem. This concept fixes that problem by just having an apartment complex that floats.

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Illustration for article titled The Citadel: The Worlds First Floating Apartment Complex

The Citadel is the residential part of the "New Water" complex, which tries to embrace Holland's waterworld-ness instead of fighting it. It'll have a floating road to the mainland as well as plenty of boat docks for its 60 units. Apparently it'll also be 25% more energy-efficient than an equivalent complex on land by using the surrounding water for cooling. It looks kind of crazy, but the sort of crazy that could actually work. [Inhabitat]

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Very cool looking, but where do you wire electricity in? What about plumbing? Both of these things assume that the structure doesn't move compared to the land around it. There's going to be some serious work involved in attaching this thing to the grid if it's built to float around freely, or even if it's anchored, but the water level rises and falls.