National Cheng Kung University (NCKU) has unveiled a new design for a unique floating house. The amphibious house, which can be built in one year, is designed to be sustainable and will be able to rotate.
The university’s Research Center for Energy Technology and Strategy (RCETS) revealed the design at the Conference on Taijian Floating Green House and Sustainable Energy Strategies.
Bart van Bueren, a NCKU visiting expert, is leading the project. He has been with the university for the past three years and before that specialized in water architecture in the Netherlands.
When the building is constructed it will float on a Taiwanese fish farm. In fact, it will be the world’s first water-based house that has been designed and engineered to move around a vertical axis as a method of optimizing energy performance.
Lars van Oort, a visitng Dutch expert, believes that the building will generate 11 per cent additional solar power due to the house’s rotation.
There will also be a large solar panel roof that will produce roughly four times more energy than the building needs to operate, which makes the building more than energy-neutral since it will have energy that will be able to power other buildings.
The university hopes this design can become a template for future housing that are sustainable and can have a positive effect on the environment in terms of energy production and economic benefits for the community.
“Even shading of the outdoor space can be optimized by rotating the building. When you live in the house and want to change the view, just simply push one button on your smart phone and the view can follow a pretty bird or sunset,” said Bart van Bueren