If you stop and think about it, the extension of houseboat plans to encompass multi-unit housing construction was only a matter of time. Still, it seems fitting that the Netherlands would be the first to give more extensive water-based residences a try given their tumultuous nautical history and ever-rising tide lines.
While it is not yet a reality, planning is well underwater for this water-based mini-city – a private island enclave complete with central public space, green growing trees and (naturally) wonderful waterfront property all around.
Individual multi-level apartment units will enjoy a combination of outdoor waterside wrap-around patios, partially-enclosed decks and private indoor spaces.
Sustainable strategies include high-density construction (which, in turn, promotes community as well) and water-driven natural cooling. Though the idea is incredible, it remains to be seen whether or not this creative floating housing complex by WaterStudio will become the wave of the future and give rise to a whole new approach to residential construction in flood zones.