With the gradual rise of water levels around the world, some countries strives to block the water from reclaiming their developed areas. Meanwhile, in Netherlands, some architectural firms think otherwise as inutrecht-based BLAUW architecten (link warning: not an english-based site) teamed up with FARO architects (link warning: not an english-based site) to create a residential complex, called ‘water + reed’, that stand out to the crowd.
The houses are designed to be build on the waters of Rotterdam, with elements from the surroundings influencing design and engineering. One of which is employing the wattle-and-daub-technique using local reed to construct the uppermost walls, and holding the weave in place with mud. It allows good insulation and protection from the local weather yet can be done in a lower cost with a lower overall impact to the environment, it also provides unique visual characteristics to each of the nine units that are going to be built. There are also other standards similar to most luxury residences, such as private balconies from the living rooms along with reeds and water courses at the sides to provide some privacy.
Still, the overall design looks to be exclusively done for a single development area, as there aren’t any other areas with such stable water levels – flooding would be a major set back for this particular design.