The Netherlands is a relatively small country, however it has a considerably sizeable population that is currently in and around 16.5 million. This makes it one of the most densely populated countries in the world, with almost 83% living in urban regions. It is an extremely low lying country with about 50% of its land lying one metre above sea level. Indeed, a lot of the land that is currently occupied is reclaimed land that was previously covered by sea.
This has led to architects and engineers coming up with the idea of residential districts with adequate services floating on water. These new challenges require a flexible approach to sustainable development. This means that buildings can become expandable and transportable, as well as functions and other facilities in order to meet necessities.
Floating life will be adaptable, developing in an organic way and in line with market conditions. This temporary spatial development can add value to areas that were once seen as inhabitable and can prevent their deterioration.
The district of Pampushaven is an area in the Netherlands that is now a temporary showcase of a floating district. Floating life has granted use of the Pampushaven area for 10 years. In these 10 years, the Pampushaven area has the chance to be the testing ground for a sustainable floating district development. The floating district’s main goals are to be as flexible and self-sufficient as possible.
Do you think floating life is a realistic way of sustainable living? Could you see an era where cities could eventually locate to floating on water?
Credits: Photograph by Finbar Gillen. Data linked to sources