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NOAH: A Floating Home for New Orleans

After the Hurricane Katrina tragedy, designers and engineers began working together to developa plan to keep the residents of the Big Easy safe during times of flooding. One idea being proposed is a giant floating building called NOAH, which stands for New Orleans Arcology Habitat. The habitat boasts 20,000 residential units as well as 3 hotels and 500 timeshare units. Also housed within its triangular walls is loads of commercial space, 8000 parking spaces as well as cultural spaces, public works and schools

NOAH: A Floating Home for New Orleans

The Ark: A Floating Hotel for an Uncertain Future

With arable land becoming increasingly scarce and waters rising around the world, developers and engineers are looking at alternatives to finding places to lodge our ever growing population. Russian architectural firm Remistudio has taken the concept of a man-made biosphere and gone to sea with its vision for the floating “Ark Hotel.” Designed to withstand floods, tidal waves and rising ocean levels as well as earthquakes and other natural disasters, the hotel concept would float and function independently on the surface of a body of water, providing a green, self-sustaining environment for guests who presumably, would never have to leave.

The Ark: A Floating Hotel for an Uncertain Future

Haunted Island

Islands can be luxurious, relaxing and even…spooky!!! In a past episode of Destination Truth host Joshua Gates explores Pemba Island off the east coast of Africa. The island is reputed to be so haunted that many local fisherman wont visit the island. Apparently in the past hte island was used as a slave trading post.

Haunted Island

Iceburg Cabin

Part floating island and part floating home, architect Daniel Andersson has envisioned a nouveau lake house that lets guests sleep with the fish — where the living space sits directly below the water’s surface and from above emerges an expansive roof deck. Andersson’s design came about when he was approached by his client, Ålands Hotell & Restaurangskola, to create a fresh concept able to attract more guests to a resort located on the Aland Islands in the Baltic Sea. What resulted was  this incredible iceberg like building that sits beautifully on the waterscape and provokes onlookers to consider new, unconventional forms for living.

Iceburg Cabin

Hawaii Sized Plastic Island

  Probably one of the most bold island development proposals I have seen in a long time a group of architects from the Netherlands have proposed a crazy idea to take all the plastic floating in the Pacific Ocean and recycle it into a floating island the size of Hawaii. Climate refugees would be able to move there and live in recycled plastic homes, and work on farms or grow seaweed. The entire island would be totally self-sufficient once built, producing its own food and energy, and managing waste. While totally off the wall, this is an intriguing concept that gets our imaginations in motion about what we can do with that ginormous mass of plastic floating around in the ocean.   For more information on this proposal visit Inhabitat .

Hawaii Sized Plastic Island

The Gyre: An Upside Down Floating Skyscrapper

I remember when a simple floating building was the avant guard of design. Now engineers are pushing the limits with even more outrageous designs. Can you imagine living in a high-rise apartment building where the 360 degree views are of fish and saltwater? Although still just a concept, this upside-down, underwater eco-skyscraper (say that five times fast!) could be the future of building, especially if sea levels rise and we are forced to spend our lives living on floating islands. Designed by Victoria BC-based firm Zigaloo the Gyre is a floating eco development meant to be both a research station as well as an off shore resort complete with shops, restaurants, gardens and recreation.

The Gyre: An Upside Down Floating Skyscrapper