Architect Designs Floating Homes That Can Withstand Strong Hurricanes

Each year, hurricane season is becoming more dangerous. Over the past few years, there have been not only more frequent hurricanes each year, but their destruction has been catastrophic in some areas.

As the Carolinas deal with the aftermath of hurricane Florence, some architects have made strides in a new home that not only floats but can withstand a hurricane. No, this is not a joke or a prank, one small start-up in Miami, Arkup, has come up with an idea that could very well keep residents from ever having to leave their home during a hurricane.



According to Business Insider, Arkup has the idea of creating livable yachts that can withstand not only rising sea levels but also a category four hurricane. The reason these homes are different is the home's hydraulic, which is lifted 40 feet above the ocean floor. Plus, the buoyant nature allows them to bob along the water, making them just as easy as the regular yacht to move, but they are much safer in a storm.

Koen Olthuis is the man behind the concept and design of the livable yacht. He came up with the idea because he wants people not to fear water but see it as a valuable asset. It is all about creating a construction concept that works with the ocean and rising sea levels, instead of fighting against the sea.


Arkup teamed up with The Advantaged Yacht Charters & Sales to make the new homes available or rent and purchase in Miami. These new homes are not small either. Each one has four bedrooms, as well as four and a half bathrooms. The square footage on these livable yachts is a whopping 4,350. It is more like living on a floating mansion.

The idea of a livable yacht that can withstand rising sea levels and disastrous hurricanes sounds great, but as with any new cool idea, these homes do not come cheap. Those who are interested in purchasing one in the Miami area will need a cool $5 million. One of the reasons for the high price is because they are powered by solar panels on the roof and have zero emissions.

What do you think of the livable yacht concept? Can it really withstand a hurricane? Share your thoughts with us in the below comments section.


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