Architect unveils vision for houses anchored to the sea bed that can rise with the tides


Just floating an idea! Architect unveils vision for houses anchored to the sea bed that can rise with the tides

  • Manila-based architects say their housing project could help vulnerable people in coastal communities
  • South East Asia, including the Philippines, is vulnerable to natural disasters like typhoons and cyclones
  • Each of the units would be anchored to the sea bed with a plastic device and powered by solar & tidal energy 

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A Filipino architecture firm has unveiled its vision for houses anchored to the sea bed that can rise and fall with the tides. 

Manila-based Dada Design say their ‘Currents for Currents’ housing project could  combat the vulnerability of waterfront areas in the face of harsh natural disasters. 

They add that the floating houses could also address the lack of reliable power infrastructure in far-flung regions. 

The Manila-based architecture firm believe these dwellings, anchored to the sea bed, could be the answer to rising climate change-related disasters and population increase

Pictured: A concept view of a sea-based dwelling devised by the Manila-based architecture firm. DaDa Designs believe these dwellings, anchored to the sea bed, could be the answer to rising climate change-related disasters and population increase

Pictured: A concept view of a sea-based dwelling devised by the Manila-based architecture firm. DaDa Designs believe these dwellings, anchored to the sea bed, could be the answer to rising climate change-related disasters and population increase

Pictured: A series of sea-anchored dwellings, which could solve the issue of overpopulation, according to the design company

Pictured: A series of sea-anchored dwellings, which could solve the issue of overpopulation, according to the design company 

Pictured: A concept for an interior of one of the sea-based dwellings dreamed up by Manila-based architecture firm DaDa Designs

Pictured: A concept for an interior of one of the sea-based dwellings dreamed up by Manila-based architecture firm DaDa Designs 

Each of the housing units would be anchored to the sea bed, using solar and tidal energy to power themselves.  

The design company boasts that the moulded plastic anchor would mean the dwellings could be constructed across the world. 

‘Coastal communities are caught in the cross fire between the scarcity of land and resources, and the rising tides and storm surges brought about by the sea,’ the company said in a press release. 

Pictured: A concept for an interior of one of the sea-based dwellings dreamed up by Manila-based architecture firm DaDa Designs

Pictured: A concept for an interior of one of the sea-based dwellings dreamed up by Manila-based architecture firm DaDa Designs

Pictured: Image shows how the sea dwelling could be anchored to the sea bed. The design company says the choice of plastic as the anchor material would make it easy to produce and install

Pictured: Image shows how the sea dwelling could be anchored to the sea bed. The design company says the choice of plastic as the anchor material would make it easy to produce and install 

‘They are forced to live in the most volatile conditions, therefore they are in dire need of safe and sustainable shelters, creating room for an innovative solution bringing architecture and the sea together.’ 

‘With blue as the new green as the design philosophy, the currents for currents project can provide resilient, flexible living structures that can adapt to the sea’s ever-changing conditions.’    

South East Asia is particularly prone to natural disasters, with the Philippines, Indonesia and Vietnam all listed within the top-five most vulnerable countries. 

In October 2010 a typhoon hit the Philippines causing $193million-worth of damage. Volcanic eruptions are also frequent on the archipelago and in surrounding waters.  



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