The goal was to build a resilient, sustainable residence that responds to the needs of the environment but didn’t sacrifice the comforts of modern living.
Rising sea levels are another symptom of human-induced climate change that we must contend with. New York City-based architecture firm Rekstur, recognizing that rising sea levels put homes on the coast at risk, has designed a floating container home that can adapt to the rising and falling of the sea.
The principal architect, Adam Wiesehan, says, “The goal of the project was to build a resilient, sustainable residence that responds to the needs of the environment but didn’t sacrifice the comforts of modern living.” Rekstur managed to do just that with a boat-like, two-story structure made of a combination of repurposed shipping container materials and Sapele wood.
The team chose to construct it off the Rockaway peninsula in Jamaica Bay, an area that is still recovering from Hurricane Sandy that hit 10 years ago. It required welding two steel sectional barges to create a single platform for the house, which is docked at a local marina. The entire home is 470 square feet and has a bedroom, bathroom, and living space on the first floor. The second floor boasts a kitchen, dining room, and two deck spaces that overlook the bay.
For now, the home will be the primary living space of Wiesehan and his family, who want the project to demonstrate to the local community that “affordable, sustainable, and resilient living is within reach.”