a new system to build ‘land on water’
An adaptable and climate resilient system of floating architecture nicknamed Land on Water, it was proposed by the Danish maritime architecture firm “MAST”. The design strategy was developed with the support of Hubert Rhomberg and the venture capital firm FRAGILE and promises to be more sustainable and flexible than traditional construction methods on the water. The team notes that this system, which it uses recycled plasticit can be applied to build “almost anything on the water”, from “houseboats in Seattle, to floating campgrounds in the center of the Oslo Fjord, to waterfront saunas in Hobart.”
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a climate resistant solution
The architects at MAST it proposes Land on Water in response to the gradual rise in sea level and the consequent increase in urban flooding, conditions that have led to a new interest in construction on water. However, traditional methods of building such floating spaces can still be developed to meet this growing demand.
The team explains: ‘current solutions, including polystyrene reinforced concrete foundations and plastic piers, are rigid, difficult to transport and highly unsustainable. Land on water promises a completely new, sustainable and highly flexible solution. ‘
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how it works: the flat pack floating foundation
MAST develops Land on Water as a system of simple, flat-pack modules constructed from reinforced recycled plastic, which will form a safe and floating base for the space built above. These modules are designed to be transported around the world with ease and assembled in infinite configurations.
The team illustrates its design: ‘The system was inspired by the construction of the gabion, an ancient technology that uses mesh cages filled with rubble to create extremely strong, low-cost foundations.
‘In this case the concept is reversed; and modular “cages” are filled with locally sourced recycled floats that support the weight of any structure built on top. This has the unique advantage that buoyancy can be added or adjusted at any time if weight is added on top. ‘
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sensitive to underwater environments
Land on water also promises a far better underwater environment than existing solutions. In particular, steel or concrete foundations are commonly treated with toxic coatings of antifouling paints. The team notes that although its recycled plastic modules avoid these toxins, they provide “an ideal habitat for fish and crustaceans and an anchor point for shellfish and algae.”
The group describes the potential of the system for the growth of organic and floating communities: ‘Land on water promises a climate-resilient and adaptable solution for the construction of new floating buildings, but it could also lead to a whole new type of dynamic, organic off-grid floating community and an alternative to the planned and currently in large floating cities. stage of development that repeat many of the mistakes made by urban planners in the mid-twentieth century. ‘