Balance d'eau // Delft, Netherlands
Balance d'eau // Delft, Netherlands

Balance d'eau // Delft, Netherlands
Balance d'eau // Delft, Netherlands

Balance d'eau // Delft, Netherlands
Balance d'eau // Delft, Netherlands

Floating Development

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DERECO Impuls 2

"Water is Real Estate," says Mathias Tobias of IMF (International Marine Floating Systems), Vancouver, confirming a trend that is becoming increasingly visible wherever people live by the water.
 
The mayor of London, Boris Johnson, initiated in 2014 the planning and construction of the first "Floating Village" at the London Royal Dock. Other water-based projects are being developed in Boston, Sydney, Helsinki, the Maldives and especially the Netherlands. The reasons are manifold, such as Development of new living space, dynamisation of urban development as well as protection against the consequences of rising sea-water levels.
 

Groundbreaking know-how from the Netherlands

Faced with the violence and destructive power of the sea and with floods of water pouring down onto an unprotected coastline and flat land, the Netherlands has been fighting for centuries against the water, protecting people and nature. This resulted in a well-developed, very specific know-how in the construction of water-based buildings, which is unique in the world. Floating apartment buildings, combined with floating sidewalks, are now part of everyday life in Holland in many places. Some project developers and their concept approaches are presented below.
 
Balance d'eau - Olaf Janssen - Netherlands, 2003
 
Olaf Janssen developed the first floating house in private ownership in 2003 with experts in Delft on a lake. He and his family were so excited about living in a house with underwater windows, a spectacular view and an individual lifestyle that he developed a business idea from the private project. Balance d'eau is the name of his company, which specializes in the construction of "Floating Houses".