Manila-Based Team Designs Floating Homes Capable of Adapting to Changing Ocean Conditions

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The sustainable structures are designed to withstand the harshest of conditions.

With the effects of global warming only becoming more catastrophic, creative minds across industries are looking for solutions. While scientists and engineers are exploring ways to stop rising temperatures, architects are finding solutions to prevent coastal communities from being devastated by severe storms and rising water levels. And one firm, Dada Design, just created a design that is both practical and beautiful. 

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The Manila-based architecture firm's "Currents for Currents" proposal features floating houses capable of adapting to changing ocean conditions. Inspired by ship hulls and sails, the homes can withstand strong winds due to their rotating ability. Plus, it can rise and fall with the tides, so flooding is not an issue.

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What's more is they are self-sufficient, so they can function completely off the grid in the event a storm knocks out access to utilities. To accomplish that, the homes harness tidal and solar energy. This provides all those living in the community with a primary source of power while also creating a source of income as they can sell electricity to nearby inland towns. And each house features a hydroponic vegetable garden, so even the food source is self-contained. 

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To make construction simple as well, the firm made the structural frame from molded plastic. This allows the homes to be constructed in modular pieces, then shipped and erected with ease in coastal destinations worldwide. 

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Clearly, creating sustainable designs due to the effects of global warming has become a priority for many firms. Grimshaw and Dutch manufacturers Concrete Valley developed modular water dwellings as well. While their homes were also designed to float, they were inspired by pontoons and made from concrete. 

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"In facing the realities of global transformations, be they climate change, increased urbanization, or reduced resources, it is critical that architects and designers respond to these concerns in a variety of ways," said the associate principal at Grimshaw Jorrin. "By addressing specific challenges confronting current and future populations, the Modular Water Dwellings offer an affordable, sustainable, and efficient alternative for safe and desirable housing."