The Dutch city of Rotterdam wants to be the world capital of carbon dioxide reduction, and it’s off to an ambitious start by building the Floating Pavilion, the first prototype in what’s expected to be a community of floating homes.
Commissioned to a design team from Deltasync and PublicDomain Architects and an initiative of Rotterdam Climate Proof, the three 40-foot-tall hemispheres are constructed from robust anti-corrosive plastic, making them 100 times lighter than glass and an ideal floating material. The mixed-use structure is currently available for exhibitions and events.
The pavilion’s heating and air conditioning operates off of solar energy and surface water systems. The structure also purifies its own water for plumbing and whatever isn’t used can be safely discharged into the harbor, where it’s docked.
By 2040, Rotterdam aims to build 13,000 climate-proof homes, 1,200 of which will be on the water. In the meantime, the city plans to further develop floating urban districts along the waterfront.