These $2 Million Floating Homes Can Withstand Category 4 Hurricanes
As the effects of climate change threaten to render coastal regions around the world uninhabitable, one company is developing a stylish – and very expensive – solution.
Hurricanes and tropical storms ravaged the eastern coast of the U.S. and surrounding islands in 2017, leaving many to question the long-term habitability of the areas and those similar across the globe. But there will be soon one solution that would allow people to live safely and in style right off the coast of regions likely to be affected by the effects of climate change – at least for those with a spare $2 million.
Dutch architect Koen Olthuis, along with his studio Waterstudio, is designing "livable yachts" that would be able to withstand Category 4 hurricanes.
Hydraulic systems allow owners to anchor and stabilizer their homes during storms – each can be lifted 40 feet above the ocean floor.
The homes features about 4,350 square feet, and the layouts are customizable.
Solar panels that line the 2,300-square-foot roof feed up to 1,000 kilowatt-hours worth of lithium batteries, enabling it to operate completely off the grid.
There's also systems onboard that purify rainwater for drinking and plumbing needs.
Onboard technology capabilities include 4G, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi and VHF radio, as well as twin 136-horsepower electric azimuth thrusters that can rotate 360 degrees and propel the yachts at 7 knots.
Owners can dock jet skis and tenders to an onboard boat lift.
Units also come with a 24x12-foot retractable deck that provides outdoor space, and can be submerged slightly in the water.
Arkup's first prototype is set to be built on the Miami River in 2018.
"We will see more floating neighborhoods in the next five to 10 years," Olthuis said to Business Insider, "We will see them in Miami, Tokyo, and New York City. Cities will start to see the water as an asset."
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- The study tracked the responses of more than 5,000 men over the course of a decade.
- The results showed that men who lived with daughters were less likely to hold traditional views on gender relations and roles.
- This effect seemed to be strongest as the daughters entered secondary-school age.
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- The spacecraft belong to Russia and two private American aerospace companies.
- Six astronauts are currently aboard the International Space Station to conduct a variety of experiments.
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- Branson made the argument in a recent blog post published on the Virgin website.
- The 40-hour work week stems from labor laws created in the early 20th century, and many have said this model is becoming increasingly obsolete.
- The average American currently works 47 hours per week, on average.
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