If you’re attracted to yachting and luxury waterfront living, you might just combine the two with Arkup’s livable yachts. Designed by Koen Olthuis with Waterstudio in collaboration with Arkup, the structures can be docked in marinas or bays, and hydraulic pilings then raise the structure above the water level protecting it from the action of the waves. In fact, the company claims that its “yachts” will withstand severe storms and floods.
Excellent Insulation + 30 kW Solar Panels + 1,000 kWh Lithium-Ion Batteries
Adding to the attraction, Arkup’s homes will be fully self-sustaining. Solar energy powers the cube-like living structures, and environmentally-friendly waste management systems, water purification plants, and rainwater tanks ensure that the environmental footprint of the homes is minimal.
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Spaciousness and luxury are part of the package. The living room alone measures 775 square feet, and the units include a kitchen, a bedroom, a dining area, and a rooftop lounge. The front façade consists of sliding doors that lead out onto a terrace. To complete the luxury ambiance, Arkup has partnered with Artefacto, a Brazilian company specializing in sustainable, luxury furnishings.
Propelled By a Pair of 100 kW Electric Azimuth Thrusters
While living in a sustainable Arkup home will certainly be a delightful experience, local reaction to the blockish, two-story high structures being docked alongside the coast in the medium to long term may be not always positive.