This hurricane-resistant floating home comes amid the strongest hurricane that hits United States and other territories.
Early September, South Florida — especially Miami and the Keys — was one of several regions that Hurricane Irma pummeled.
The Category 4 storm brought winds up to 70 mph, destroyed hundreds of houses, and knocked out power for 5.8 million homes and businesses in Florida.
The future of housing offers safe, innovative and classy solar-powered home that could withstand future storms and rising seas.
The house model was designed by architect Koen Olthuis and housing startup ARKUP, the design will be presented at this month’s Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show.
In an interview with Business Insider, Olthuis stressess moveable home will be able to withstand Category 4 winds up to 156 mph.
“In the event of a storm, it will be buoyed, so that when water levels rise, the home will bob with it,” Olthuis said.
The luxury homes, which Olthuis and ARKUP call “livable yachts,” will feature hydraulic jack-up systems to anchor and stabilize them during storms. To prevent flooding, the systems will be able to lift the home 40 feet above the ocean floor.
Also, each home’s layout will be customizable, that will be designed by the owner suit to their standards.
Furthermore, the homes will be completely powered by solar panels located on the roof.
They will also include systems that collect and purify rainwater, which residents will use for their plumbing needs. The first prototype will be built on the Miami River in 2018.
However, the new house type will be costly. The team expects the home to cost between $2 million and $3 million.
Olthuis is known for homes that live on water. His architecture firm, Waterstudio, has exclusively built floating buildings for over a decade.
In 2006, Waterstudio designed this house off the coast of De Hoef, Utrecht, The Netherlands. Unlike the livable yacht concept and other kinds of houseboats, its owner can’t drive it away.