Land on Water as a Breakthrough in Floating Architecture

Aryo Sumbogo | Thursday, 20 October 2022

Global warming and climate change force humans to be more careful in all aspects of life, including where they live. And one of the solutions to the problem of today's dwellings, which are associated with sea level rise and the potential for urban flooding, is floating architecture.

Land on Water Visualization by KVANT-1Land on Water Visualization by KVANT-1.

Recently, MAST, a studio focused on maritime architecture, released a design for an upcoming Land on Water project. The project results from the idea of a floating architecture with more sustainable and flexible methods than conventional means that have evolved so far. As a result, the design team claims Land on Water can provide floating space for various purposes. Whether it's a floating house in Seattle, a floating camping center like the Oslo fjord, or a sauna facility on the banks of the Hobart River.

Land on Water Visualization by KVANT-1Land on Water Visualization by KVANT-1.

MAST also emphasized that the concept of sustainability in this project is not a mere gimmick but a real idea that can be realized anytime. MAST developed a simple flat-pack module from recycled plastic to replace the polystyrene-filled concrete structure system in conventional floating architectures. The modules will form the floating foundation of the Land on Water. Using recycled plastic is an added point in overcoming environmental problems while creating new hope for a better life.

Construction scheme of flat-pack modules for Land on Water projectsConstruction scheme of flat-pack modules for Land on Water projects. (Image courtesy of MAST)

Not only does it provide space to build floating dwellings, but these modules also allow endless configurations because of their easy-to-transport and assemble designs. MAST revealed that the module's design was inspired by the gabion construction commonly used to create a solid, low-cost floating foundation. However, what makes such modules different is their local up-cycled floatation material that can withstand loads according to needs.

Residential modeling built on modules from recycled plasticResidential modeling built on modules from recycled plastic. (Image courtesy of MAST)

Foundation details
Foundation details. (Image courtesy of MAST)

Furthermore, the Land on Water structure is designed to maintain the natural ecosystem below without toxic anti-fouling paint. Each of its recycled plastic modules is coated with an environmentally friendly layer so that the ideal habitat for unpolluted aquatic biota. Thus, Land on Water further strengthens its position as a potential for building organic floating communities.

Variety of modules in floating architecture projects by MAST
Variety of modules in floating architecture projects by MAST. (Image courtesy of MAST)

"Land on Water promises a climate-resilient and adaptable solution for the construction of new floating buildings but can also lead to a completely new type of dynamic and organic off-grid floating community and an alternative to the well-planned large floating cities currently under development that repeats many of the mistakes made by urban planners in the mid-20th century," said MAST, reported from Designboom.



MAST develops system of floating architecture from upcycled plastic modules

MAST develops adaptable flat-pack system for building floating homes


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