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Arkup’s “hurricane-proof” home is designed to withstand Mother Nature’s worst

After a decade of relatively tranquil seas, the 2017 Atlantic hurricane season was literally one for the books[1]. Nearly two months after Irma ravaged Puerto Rico, more than half of the country is still without electricity[2] — a true testament to the power of this storm system. Unfortunately, as surface ocean temperatures[3] continue to rise, we can only expect more powerful storms in the future.

With this in mind, perhaps this ingenious floating “hurricane-proof” home will allow humanity to better weather the challenges of a more tempestuous planet. Architect Koen Olthuis and housing startup Arkup [4]recently unveiled a series of “livable yachts[5]” at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show[6]. Olthuis’ architectural firm, Waterstudio[7], has produced floating structures for the past decade.

We’ve covered flood-proof homes[8] in the past, but these floating structures have been designed to handle not only rising waters but also the powerful winds (up to 156 miles per hour) associated with Category 4 hurricanes. A hydraulic system allows the unit to rise more than 40 feet during a surge, and a series of rooftop solar panels will enable each of these floating homes to operate completely off the power grid. These glorified houseboats[9] will also incorporate a rainwater collection and filtration system, allowing them to fulfill basic plumping needs in situ.

Currently, Olthuis and the team anticipate these hurricane-proof homes will cost somewhere between £2 million or £3 million, with the first prototype set hit the Miami River in 2018.

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  1. ^ books (fortune.com)
  2. ^ still without electricity (arstechnica.com)
  3. ^ surface ocean temperatures (www.gfdl.noaa.gov)
  4. ^ Arkup (www.arkup.com)
  5. ^ livable yachts (www.businessinsider.com)
  6. ^ Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show (www.flibs.com)
  7. ^ Waterstudio (waterstudio.nl)
  8. ^ flood-proof homes (www.digitaltrends.com)
  9. ^ houseboats (www.digitaltrends.com)

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