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Posted in Research, Visions by Kate Archdeacon on August 27th, 2010

Source: Metropolis Magazine

Home on the water from Metropolis

A competition proposal to develop a floating city has developed into ‘the world’s first off-the-grid floating building’ in Rotterdam.

Towed into place in the Rijnhaven harbor late this spring, the 10,764-square-foot pavilion is made of three geodesic domes designed by Bart Roeffen, a local architect. It grew out of a competition proposal for a floating city developed by Roeffen and fellow students at the Delft University of Technology. “We thought it was a brilliant idea to promote Rotterdam as a city on the water to anticipate the effects of climate change,” says Arnoud Molenaar, program director of the Rotterdam Climate Proof Program.

The city is expanding its current harbour by 20% and this expansion has created the space for up to 5000 similar floating structures that could potentially use the harbours and docks that are being superseded.

Original article by Cathryn Drake on Metropolis Magazine

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