Architects’ answer to rising seas: Floating homes (Casas flotantes como respuesta a la subida del nivel del mar)

Denis D. Gray / The Associated Press

BANGKOK — A floating mosque and golf course for the submerging Maldives islands. Amphibious homes in the Netherlands lifted to safety as waters surge beneath them. A hospital perched on 400 stilts to protect patients from Thailand’s devastating floods and the encroaching sea nearby.

Architects’ answer to rising seas: Floating homes -
Architects’ answer to rising seas: Floating homes -

Around the world architects and city planners are exploring ways mankind and water may be able to coexist as oceans rise and other phenomenon induced by climate change, including extreme, erratic floods, threaten land-rooted living.

With the Dutch at the helm, projects in the cutting-edge field of aqua-architecture are already in place, including a maritime housing estate, floating prison and greenhouses in the Netherlands.

An increasing number are coming on stream, and while earlier blueprints appeared to be the stuff of science fiction, advocates say leaps of imagination are still needed given the magnitude of the danger.

“The focus on floating solutions has grown enormously. It has shifted from freak architecture to more sustainable, flexible alternatives,” says Dutch architect Koen Olthuis, citing growing support by governments and interest among private investors in Asia and Russia.

“We will have to live with a more watery environment. There is no choice,” says Danai Thaitakoo, a Thai landscape architect whose own Bangkok house was swamped last year as the country suffered its worst floods of modern times.

The Thai capital is also among the mega coastal cities projected by the end of this century to lie totally or partially under water as global warming boosts sea levels, according to the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.

Others include Tokyo, London, Jakarta, Sydney and Shanghai—an apocalyptic prospect of mass migrations and economic crises.


While in earlier decades architects and planners, particularly Japanese and Americans, dreamed of entire marine cities housing millions, most today are proposing a mix of defending communities with barriers and building on water using floating platforms, raised or amphibious structures and solutions still being devised.

“Climate change will require a radical shift within design practice from the solid-state view of landscape urbanism to the more dynamic, liquid-state view of waterscape urbanism,” says Danai, who is involved in several projects based on this principle. “Instead of embodying permanence, solidity and longevity, liquid perception will emphasize change, adaptation.”

In a study for low-lying New York, Olthuis says he envisioned Manhattan ringed by a sea wall with outlying boroughs allowing water to enter and adapting.

The world’s Londons and Bangkoks, he says, may become “hydro-cities,” their historic hearts and concentrated core development waterproofed and other areas “going with the flow.”

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Building on Water to Combat Urban Congestion and Climate Change

Float! Building on Water to Combat Urban Congestion and Climate Change proposes a new way of building: on water instead of on land.

Although the concept may seem revolutionary, it is an obvious solution to overcrowded metropolises. The majority of world cities are situated on the water and have too little space where it’s most needed: in the city centre. Building on water allows inner-city areas to expand.

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Bangkoks Sathorn Unique abandoned skyscraper: the supervillain HQ of your dreams (sitios fantasma XXV)

Sathorn Unique ghost tower in downtown Bangkok - RIDING OUT THE ECONOMY the adventure chronicle
Sathorn Unique ghost tower in downtown Bangkok - RIDING OUT THE ECONOMY the adventure chronicle

Are you an enterprising crime lord looking to house 50 stories worth of henchmen? Why don’t you check the Sathorn Unique ghost skyscraper in Bangkok, Thailand? No one lives there, and it’s got a rooftop terrace perfect for villainous showdowns.

The Sathorn Unique has the proper mix of glitzy (balustrades) and gritty (plants growing on the 30th floor) necessary for any B-movie mustache-twirler or videogame boss. It was abandoned after the Asian economic crisis of the mid-90s. From Riding Out The Economy

vía Bangkoks Sathorn Unique abandoned skyscraper: the supervillain HQ of your dreams.

Sathorn Unique – Abandoned Skyscraper – RIDING OUT THE ECONOMY, the adventure chronicle

Last weekend, Cengiz and I were plumb out of ideas for cheap, local adventures. So, we decided to go looking for Bangkok’s best pizza and to head to the Grand Palace to do some time lapse filming. On the way there, we got a little side tracked. As we rode the BTS toward the mighty Chao Phraya, zombie like gazes directed out the window, the Sathorn Unique entered our lives. It sits, sadly, naked, just beside the BTS line, towering above everything around it. Cengiz looked at me and said, “You see that graffiti in the building? We can get up there. We should go up there.” It was a silly comment to make, probably made half jokingly; after all, sneaking into abandoned construction projects is probably pretty illegal. Unfortunately, I agreed, wholeheartedly.

At more than 40 stories, Sathorn Unique towers over its surroundings in a largely residential neighborhood in central Bangkok.
At more than 40 stories, Sathorn Unique towers over its surroundings in a largely residential neighborhood in central Bangkok.

The building is among the major construction projects started when Thailand’s economy was booming in the 1990s. –
Developers envisaged a city of gleaming office and residential skyscrapers that were testament to the nation’s rapid development.

Then Thailand sank into a swamp of reckless investments and unpaid debts that became known as the 1997 Asian financial crisis. The country’s economy contracted 10% in 1998 and many of the building projects came to a crashing halt.

Bangkok, Thailand : Abandoned Skyscraper – Sathorn Unique Aint Worth Shit Yo

Abandoned skyscraper, Bangkok, Thailand. Fifty levels, of abandonded skyscraper. Wood flooring installed, bathroom suites connected, wiring, plumbing, fire safety systems, all done. Prime realestate on the river-bank downtown, with spectacular views. The «Sathorn Unique» was to be one of Bangkok’s most exclusive residential developments. Like many other sites, constuction was abandoned during the asian financial crisis of the late 90’s. As with food, Asian’s do financial crisis’s way better than us whiteys. How many skyscrapers were abandoned during the recent GFC? None. Think about it. Standing on a fifity level, almost completed skyscaper, some Thai guy says «fuck it man, lets just go eat some fried chicken. Yo! Kasit, Suthep, Sui Min…drop your helmets bitches! We’re gettin’ the fuck out of here! This building aint worth shit yo».

Sathorn Unique Tower is our first residential project in downtown Bangkok

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Recycled Temple – Travel Places

It’s one thing to incorporate used materials into your living space, it’s another to completely make it out of them. The Wat Pa Maha Chedi Kaew temple in Thailand is an amazing example of just how you really can turn waste into wonder.
Located just about 400 miles northeast of Bangkok, in the Si Saket province the temple is made out of recycled bottles. The monks of the temple used green and brown bottles from around the area, helping to clean up their community, and create a stunning structure. Everything on the temple site, from the crematorium to the toilets, incorporates the bottles, making a space that’s both functional and beautiful.

vía Recycled Temple – Travel Places.

El templo del vidrio reciclado en Tailandia

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