OOPEAA’s floating sea pools offer new swimming facilities to waterside cities

Architecture studio OOPEAA plans to introduce waterborne swimming pools to coastal and riverside cities around the world, with the first set to be built in Oulu, Finland. Finland-based OOPEAA, short for Office for Peripheral Architecture, won a competition to develop the global concept for the Allas Sea Pool. The studio’s vision is to create a worldwide family of public saunas, spas,

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Seven of the best pavilions to see at the Bruges architecture triennale

Dezeen promotion: a floating timber school and a swan-inspired tower are among the pavilions to see at the Triennale Bruges 2018, in Belgium. Triennale Bruges, which runs until 16 September 2018, invited architects and designers from across the globe to create temporary structures throughout the city’s centre. Now in its second edition, this year’s triennale has the

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SelgasCano creates bulging vivid-pink pavilion for Bruges architecture festival

Spanish architecture duo José Selgas and Lucía Cano has erected a pink vinyl pavilion on a canal in Bruges, which floats between the city’s historic brick buildings. The pavilion was created for Trienniale Bruges, an event that invites a global selection of artists and architects to produce unique temporary structures. Displayed at different points throughout the city

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Lazzarini Design wants to build a city of floating pyramids

Architect Pierpaolo Lazzarini is trying to crowdfund the creation of a self-sufficient floating city-hotel of modular pyramids. Waya is a conceptual project from Lazzarini Design that is currently crowdfunding its first prototypes by offering investors citizenship of Wayaland – the name for the conglomeration of buoyant platforms. “The project was inspired by Mayan architecture, with

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Competition: win a book documenting homes on the water

Our latest competition gives five readers the chance to win a copy of Gestalten’s Rock the Boat book, which explores an assortment of homes on water. Rock the Boat showcases a diverse range of floating dwellings, giving an insight into the lifestyle of the owners and designers of the selected homes. Comprised of 272 pages filled with colour

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Visit floating homes from around the world via our new Pinterest board

We’ve created a new Pinterest board dedicated to homes on water, including the Japanese-inspired houseboat we published this week, a prefab floating house and an amphibious home that rises to avoid flood water. Follow Dezeen on Pinterest ›
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Julius Taminiau creates compact living spaces inside Japanese-inspired houseboat

Architect Julius Taminiau borrowed principles from traditional Japanese tatami rooms to create a well-proportioned layout featuring space-saving built-in furniture at his floating home in Amsterdam. Taminiau was living with his girlfriend and two young children in a small flat in central Amsterdam before deciding to moving to the floating community near the Dutch city’s old

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Artificial island creates floating events space in Copenhagen harbour

Australian architect Marshall Blecher and Magnus Maarbjerg from Danish design studio Fokstrot have teamed up to create a wooden island, floating in Copenhagen harbour. Complete with a single linden tree, the 20-square-metre floating platform is a prototype for a project called Copenhagen Islands. It was designed to be used as a public space. “The prototype island

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BIG unveils scheme to protect San Francisco creek from flooding

Danish firm BIG has developed a proposal to protect a creek in San Francisco Bay from flooding caused by climate change, which includes building floating villages connected by ferries, a red-hued cycle route, and a highway for autonomous vehicles. BIG developed the scheme with One Architecture + Urbanism (ONE) and Sherwood Design Engineers (Sherwood) as part of

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Small Architecture Workshop’s charred-timber sauna floats on a Swedish lake

Milan-based studio Small Architecture Workshop has built a sauna on a floating platform in Åmot, Sweden, which features a blackened-wood exterior and a large window that overlooks a lake. Small Architecture Workshop self built the sauna over a period of two weeks for a Belgian couple whose bed and breakfast is located in the middle

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The Seasteading Institute’s floating cities are designed for unregulated innovation

A plan to build self-sufficient floating cities outside of national borders features in the latest movie from our Dezeen x MINI Living video series. The Seasteading Institute is a non-profit organisation founded by political economic theorist Patri Friedman and Paypal co-founder Peter Thiel. The organisation aims to build “start-up countries” at sea, known as “seasteads”, that

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Louis Kahn’s floating concert hall may go to scrap

A stainless steel barge that American architect Louis Kahn designed to host orchestral concerts will be scrapped at a Louisiana shipyard, unless it finds a new owner by the end of the month. Kahn designed the Point Counterpoint II for his friend and conductor Robert Austin Boudreau, and the Pennsylvania-based American Symphony Orchestra, who use the boat to travel America’s

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Baca Architects proposes floating settlements to combat overcrowding in cities

The latest instalment of our Dezeen x MINI Living video series explores the “aquatecture” of Baca Architects, which includes plans for floating houses, villages and even a Grand Prix track. London-based Baca Architects has developed a number of concepts that aim to move growing urban populations into floating communities on docks and canals. The studio’s plans to reinvigorate a water space in London’s

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BIG and Barcode Architects unveil terraced block for IJburg waterfront

Bjarke Ingels Group and Barcode Architects have revealed their competition-winning design for an Amsterdam tower, which will terrace down to touch the surface of the IJ lake. The 46,000-square-metre mixed-use building named Sluishuis is designed as a gateway to Amsterdam’s IJburg, a neighbourhood set on artificial islands that float on IJ. Created by Bjarke Ingel’s Copenhagen-based firm BIG

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Carlo Ratti proposes floating plaza for Florida waterfront

Architecture office Carlo Ratti Associati has used submarine technologies to design a buoyant public space off the coast of West Palm Beach’s Currie Park. As part of his masterplan for the Florida city’s waterfront, architect Carlo Ratti and his team have proposed a plaza that will be partly submerged and constructed like an underwater vessel.

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Baca Architects moors wooden floating home on Chichester Canal

Baca Architects – the studio behind the UK’s first amphibious house – has completed a boxy floating home on Chichester Canal in southern England. The London-based architects developed the floating house as a prototype with British company Floating Homes. The replicable design named Chichester won an ideas competition seeking solutions to London’s housing crisis earlier this year. Baca Architects referenced the design of canal boats when

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Floating wooden pavilion designed by students to deal with forest flooding in Estonia

Estonian interior architecture students designed this floating timber pavilion to provide a shelter, sauna and campfire for visitors to the Soomaa National Park wetlands during flooding (+ slideshow). The students from the Estonian Academy of Arts collaborated with Tallinn-based architecture firm b210 to design and build the floating structure named Veetee, which translates as waterway. They created it during More

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Temporary floating parliament on the Thames could save the UK millions, claims Gensler

The world’s biggest architecture firm has proposed moving the UK’s Lords and MPs into a bubble-like building on London’s River Thames to reduce the cost of refurbishing the crumbling Palace of Westminster. Gensler, which has one of its largest offices in London, wants to create a 250-metre-long and 42-metre-deep temporary parliament building from steel modules and More

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BIG stacks shipping containers to create floating student housing in Copenhagen harbour

Shipping containers are stacked on a floating platform to create these buoyant student halls of residence designed by Bjarke Ingels’ firm for Copenhagen harbour (+ slideshow). The project named Urban Rigger aims to provide low-cost housing for students in the centre of the Copenhagen, docked in the harbour. BIG’s scheme comprises nine shipping containers stacked and arranged on a More

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Floating home in Seattle by Vandeventer + Carlander features water-level bedrooms

“Float-level” sleeping quarters in this single-family home moored to the shore of Seattle’s Lake Union allow residents to go swimming directly from their bedrooms (+ slideshow). The home was designed by local firm Vandeventer + Carlander Architects, who sought to “continue a long and distinguished history of floating homes in Seattle” with this project. At the More

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ETH Zurich students build floating wooden pavilion for Manifesta art biennale

Visitors to this year’s Manifesta art biennale can watch films while enjoying a swim in this floating pavilion, built by students to float on Switzerland’s Lake Zurich ( + slideshow). Entitled Pavillon of Reflections, the structure was designed and built by 32 students from Studio Tom Emerson, which is the design and research studio in the architecture faculty at Swiss university ETH Zurich. More

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Conceptual home for couples designed to split into two halves after divorce

This floating house is designed by Amsterdam-based Studio OBA to break apart, so unhappily married occupants can cast their spouses adrift. Called Prenuptial Housing, the concept is the brainchild of self-proclaimed PR and pop culture expert Omar Kbiri. In response to rising divorce rates, Kbiri approached Amsterdam-based Studio OBA to help realise his idea of a separating house, which he believes could More

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Kunlé Adeyemi’s floating school posed “danger to the kids,” headmaster claims

A row has broken out over architect Kunlé Adeyemi’s award-winning Makoko Floating School following its collapse earlier this week, with a community leader in Lagos claiming pupils were evacuated three months ago over safety concerns and architecture critics questioning its credentials. Noah Shemede, headmaster of a nearby school whose pupils made use of the water-borne facilities, told More

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Kunlé Adeyemi’s floating school destroyed after “abrupt collapse”

Nigerian architect Kunlé Adeyemi has confirmed reports that his award-winning Makoko Floating School has collapsed. News emerged yesterday that the buoyant prototype school building in Lagos, Nigeria, had come down following heavy rainfall. There were no casualties, although much of the three-storey structure was destroyed. Adeyemi, who designed the school with his studio NLÉ, described the incident as an “alarm”, More

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Kunlé Adeyemi docks Makoko Floating School at the Venice Biennale

Venice Architecture Biennale 2016: Nigerian architect Kunlé Adeyemi has been awarded the Silver Lion for bringing his floating school to the Venice Biennale, as part of his ongoing research into building for flood-prone regions (+ slideshow). Adeyemi and his studio NLÉ developed an “improved, prefabricated and industrialised iteration” of the Makoko Floating School in Lagos, Nigeria, adapting its engineering to suit the More

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Studio Octopi designs floating swimming pool for Melbourne’s Yarra River

Venice Architecture Biennale 2016: the architects behind plans to create a cluster of freshwater swimming pools on the River Thames have unveiled a proposal for a floating pool on the Yarra River in the Australian city of Melbourne. Studio Octopi was invited by Melbourne nonprofit organisation Yarra Swim Co to develop the concept for the Yarra Pool, More

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Matthew Butcher launches floating weather station on Essex’s Thames Estuary

This floating weather station by Matthew Butcher has been cast adrift in the flood-prone Thames Estuary, and is intended as a critique on the current trend for floating architecture (+ slideshow). Designed by Butcher, a lecturer at London architecture school the Bartlett, Flood House aims to monitor tide fluctuations in the seasonally flooded landscape of More

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WA Sauna by goCstudio floats on Seattle’s Lake Union

Visitors can take a plunge into a cold lake after warming up in this floating wooden sauna by Seattle firm goCstudio – the latest example of the trend for buoyant architecture (+ slideshow). The structure is intended to be used all year round on Seattle’s lakes and can accommodate up to six people. It is called WA Sauna, a name More

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CF Møller plans Copenhagen harbour baths that will double as school classrooms

The craze for harbour baths in Denmark continues, with CF Møller set to build a trio of floating classrooms to provide “aqua learning” and water sports training for the new Copenhagen International School. CF Møller Landscape, an offshoot of the Scandinavian architecture firm, won a competition to design the Nordhavn Islands, envisioned as a hub for outdoor learning More

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Baca completes flood-resilient home beside an Oxfordshire brook

This larch-clad residence by floating architecture specialists Baca Architects is raised above its flood-prone site in Oxfordshire, England, on wooden blocks and an elevated deck (+ slideshow). Water Lane is the latest flood-resilient home from the London studio led by architects Richard Coutts and Robert Barker. The pair previously developed the UK’s “first amphibious house” and a concept for prefabricated floating More

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Muf adapts former cargo boat to create floating arts centre for women

Marking International Women’s Day, design studio Muf has embarked on a project to transform a narrowboat into a touring cultural centre promoting contemporary female artists. Muf – a female-led collective working across art and architecture – is adapting an 18-metre-long cargo boat to create a mobile residence for artists that will tour the waterways of northwest England over the next two years. Spearheaded by More

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Baca Architects completes bouyant house on the River Thames

Work has completed on the UK’s “first amphibious house” by Baca Architects, which rises in its dock-like foundations to avoid flood water (+ slideshow). Baca Architects founders Richard Coutts and Robert Barker designed Formosa for an island in the middle of the River Thames in Marlow, Buckinghamshire. Faced with building on a site prone to unpredictable flooding, the architects set about creating More

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Vincent Callebaut proposes underwater “oceanscrapers” made from 3D-printed rubbish

Belgian architect Vincent Callebaut has developed plans for a city of futuristic ocean buildings made from 3D-printed plastic waste which extend 1,000 metres below the water’s surface (+ slideshow). Described by Callebaut as “an oceanscraper printed in 3D from the seventh continent’s garbage,” Aequorea is a fictional water city off the coast of Rio de Janeiro. It draws its name More

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Explore examples of floating architecture on our new Pinterest board

Rising sea levels are leading to a surge of interest in floating architecture. We’ve created a new Pinterest board full of the best buoyant buildings, including a proposal for mass housing on London’s canals and a conceptual amphibious city in China. Follow Dezeen on Pinterest | See more floating architecture on Dezeen

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Floating architecture will offer “an improved way of living”

Rising sea levels and a shortage of development sites are leading to a surge of interest in floating buildings, with proposals ranging from mass housing on London’s canals to entire amphibious cities in China (+ slideshow). People will increasingly live and work on water, as planning policies shift away from building flood defences towards accepting that […]

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Prefabricated floating house can be transported to lakes and waterways worldwide

A team from the University of Coimbra in Portugal has unveiled the first photographs of a prefabricated floating house that can be built to order and shipped to almost anywhere in the world (+ slideshow). Named Floatwing, the house is designed to be entirely self-sustainable for up to a week at a time, offering its occupants the chance to take up residence on some […]

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Floating home by +31 Architects is moored on an Amsterdam river

Half of this floating house by +31 Architects is submerged below the waterline of Amsterdam’s river Amstel, while the other opens out to a buoyant terrace (+ slideshow). Designed by Amsterdam studio +31 Architects, Watervilla Weesperzijde is among the growing number of houseboats lining the banks of the Netherlands’ waterways. The floating villa is located on the river Amstel, just downstream […]

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Atelier Bow-Wow and Dertien 12 create Canal Swimmer’s Club on Bruges waterway

This floating sun deck on the edge of a Bruges canal by Atelier Bow-Wow and Dertien 12 is installed to provide a resting place for swimmers during the city’s first art and architecture triennial (+ slideshow). Eighteen artists and architects, including Tokyo-based architecture firm Atelier Bow-Wow and local studio Dertien 12, were invited to participate in the first instalment of […]

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WORKac and Ant Farm design a utopian floating city for humans and marine animals

Chicago Architecture Biennial 2015: WORKac has teamed up with the founders of 1970s art collective Ant Farm to design a floating city based on drawings that were lost during a fire decades ago (+ slideshow). Using a handful of salvaged drawings as reference, the New York firm worked with the collective to fill in the gaps in their archive. […]

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Baca Architects proposes prefabricated amphibious housing for London’s canals

Following its design of the UK’s “first amphibious house”, Baca Architects has unveiled a floating house concept that could be deployed across London’s waterways as a solution to the lack of new homes in the capital (+ slideshow). The London firm worked with Floating Homes Ltd to develop the Buoyant Starts floating housing concept for a housing […]

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Today we like: floating architecture

Floating architecture is becoming more common as architects explore ways to make the most of picturesque locations, deal with rising floodwaters, and alleviate pressure on available land. Examples range from tiny cabins to entire cities, and include the UK’s “first amphibious house”. See more stories about floating architecture »

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Floating House by MOS Architects bobs on the surface of Lake Huron

A structure of steel pontoons allows this wooden cabin by New York studio MOS Architects to float on the surface of Lake Huron (+ slideshow). Named Floating House, the two-storey building provides a summer residence on the Canadian side of Lake Huron – one of North America’s Great Lakes – for a Cincinnati-based couple. Thanks to […]

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Walden Raft is a cabin offering seclusion in the middle of a French lake

This see-through floating hut designed by Elise Morin and Florent Albinet is modelled on the remote cabin built by American author Henry David Thoreau in the mid-19th century (+ slideshow). Morin and Albinet gave the Walden Raft walls and a pitched roof made up of sections of pine and acrylic glass, which are mounted on top of […]

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