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Rising Waters + Modern Home Designs

by LiveModern Webmaster last modified Nov 09, 2012 01:02 AM
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by Brent Turner last modified Nov 08, 2012

As we've seen with the recent devastation from Superstorm Sandy, surging seas and rising waters can be a menace to even the most modern city. While scientists and politicians debate rising ocean levels, some designers are already thinking about how to build modern home designs for their regular occurrence.   Perhaps no one knows better how to prepare for high seas than the Dutch, who have been living below sea level for hundreds of years (and who happen to have a pretty cool design sense to boot). Their solution? Floating homes.  Pictured above and at the top of this post, the floating Dutch village of  Steigereiland has a crisp modern design aesthetic with a normal community feel. Design studio Waterstudio has design concepts for artificial islands, sea trees and more, but the amphibious Villa de Hoef (pictured below) will more than suit most family's needs: The designs do have "curb" appeal, but how do they look on the inside? Well, the Watervilla by +31 Architects is a house boat in Amsterdam that, despite it's small finprint, has a generous and light feel inside. The decor combines simple contemporary and mid-century elements. Modern furniture featuring acrylics, thick woods and minimalist forms is a great way to achieve this look in your own home.  Set of 2 Pascal White Plastic Side Chairs Zuo Haxby Walnut and Glass Modern Coffee Table Nambe Anvil Alloy Metal Vase Use of modern recessed lighting helps to keep sight lines unobstructed and the limited floor space unfettered. There's no way to undo the damage from recent storms and our hearts go out to those affected. Thankfully, as designers and architects continue to look at ways to curb the affects of storms and sea levels, we can look forward to such damage being mitigated in the years to come.  Images: Flavorwire , Inhabitat , Afflante






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