The rising housing crisis has led various companies around the world to find new ways to provide housing to people. Floating houses have arisen as a key solution, but they aren’t inexpensive. However, those who don’t care about money can surely go for them. Dutch architect Koen Olthuis and Miami-based Company Arkup have collaborated to build an off-grid floating house to cater the increasing demand of the luxury houseboats. These homes on water use electric propulsion for mobility, and an automated hydraulic jack-up system to ensure safety during category four hurricane winds. Solar energy, rainwater harvesting and eco-friendly waste management are some more intriguing features of these self-elevating livable yachts.
Nicolas Derouin, co-founder of Arkup said;
Primary residence or “mobile” vacation home, our livable yachts are multi-purpose: promotional or event venue, restaurant, gym, you can even turn it into a spa! ARKUP’s livable yachts are primarily designed for the specifics of Florida and Miami waters but are adaptable worldwide to local context.
Each unit measures about 4,350 square feet with four bedrooms and 4.5 bathrooms to accommodate a full family. Unlike most of the traditional houseboats, these luxury floating homes can be stationary or moved to different places – thanks to the built-in electronic propellers that can move the whole home to new places. There’s also a self-elevating hydraulic system that can lift the whole home up to 40-feet above the water level to prevent flooding. As of the interior space, there are a plenty of windows to offer uninterrupted views while there is also a sliding terrace to enjoy in open air.
Definitely, it is an innovative concept to create a self-sufficient home that produce minimum emissions, and can survive heavy winds & rising water levels. If you wish to buy one, you have to fork out over $2million (£1.6million) to get plans that are slated to start selling next summer. Arkup has exhibited this fully electric, self-elevating livable yacht concept at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show (FLIBS).