With the issue of urban growth making city living an expensive and distant prospect for many, it seems that more and more companies are looking to utilise a source of space that urban planners often overlook.
Housing startup ARKUP and architect Koen Olthuis are set to build the first prototype of their “avant-garde” electric yachts. Designed in response to urbanisation, rising sea levels and our ever-increasing need for energy independence, the yachts will be built to provide a luxurious level of comfort and safety ‘between the sea and the metropolis.’
Co-founder Nicholas Derouin said: “Primary residence or "mobile" vacation home, our livable yachts are multi-purpose: promotional or event venue, restaurant, gym, you can even turn it into a spa!”
ARKUP is not the first company to utilise the ‘blue’ space available in urban areas. Urban Rigger was conceived as an answer to Europe’s growing student housing crisis, utilising green technology and recycled materials to create affordable living space in major cities.
What really makes ARKUP’s design stand out, however, is the in-built hydraulic system. During a storm this will anchor and lift the yacht 40ft above the ocean floor, protecting the home from flooding.
Each yacht will also utilise sustainable green technology, allowing the homeowners to live off the grid. All energy is provided via the solar panels on the roof, while plumbing and drinking water will come from a rainwater harvesting and purification system.
ARKUP’s design features four bedrooms and 4.5 bathrooms, along with a sliding deck protected with shock-resistant glass panels.
The first ARKUP prototype will be built next year on the Miami River. The company has expressed plans to develop ‘floating communities’ and will attempt to find buyers in New York and Tokyo over the next few years.
Stephen heads the team for marketing, media and research at Plentific. He loves sharing insight and advice for the home services market. He has a keen interest in property renovations after successfully completing a number of property projects.