The Netherlands is home to over 3,500 polders, or patches of low-lying land that are protected by  dykes. Since they are below sea level, water needs to be pumped out of these  areas around the clock. The Citadel apartments will be one of six projects  comprising the New Water development, which is located in one of these polders.  After completion, the land will be flooded to allow the Citadel to float atop  the water.

The main deck will consist of a floating, heavy concrete base measuring 240 x  420 x 9 feet that will support the lightweight apartments and a parking lot.  Each unit will be wrapped in aluminum and topped with a green roof. A bridge  will connect the Citadel to the mainland and allow access for emergency and  maintenance vehicles. Once water is reintroduced to the polder, the entire  complex will float atop six feet of water.

Inside the Citadel, each unit boasts a private outdoor space, a berth for a  small boat, and greenhouses will be scattered among the units. Water will be  pumped through submerged pipes to cool the structures. The overall design is  estimated to make the apartments 25% more energy efficient than developments on  land. Due to its size, residents will not be able to detect the motion of the  water. Waterstudio is planning to begin building early next year, and progress  will be documented through the Citadel’s official website.

Read more Original article Inhabiat


Date: 2013-10-04

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