A good deal of their country has been built below sea level. As water levels rise and storm surges continue to pound their coast, Dutch ingenuity is starting to get proactive with its architecture. Instead of building higher and higher dikes, fighting the unfightable power of nature, Hans van de Beek is creating floating houses.
No, they aren't house boats. They're regular old houses that sit on the shore and look out on a canal. The difference is, when floods rise, so do the houses. The houses are built of light weight wood and the concrete bases are hollow and water proof. In floods, the houses simply become boats. They float in place attached to mooring posts until the waters subside, and then they simply settle back into their foundations. All electical cables, water and sewage lines are connected through flexible pipes into the static mooring lines, so the houses can even continue to function during a flood.
I sincerely hope that we aren't really going to need this kind of technology in the rest of the world. But it's good to have the Dutch working on this stuff just in case.
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