ModulAIR

Date: February 2010
Client: Duurzaam Oost Watergraafsmeer
Place: Amsterdam

With a multidisciplinary team of students and professionals of DWA, Edifico and RoseliekvanderVelden, DeltaSync designed a self-sustaining floating house. This design was an entry in the design competition 'Duurzaam drijvend wonen' from stadsdeel Oost-Watergraafsmeer, Amsterdam. 

The floating house is inspired by the symbiotic relation between tree and fungus. The house is constructed of two parts: the backbone as the tree and the capsules as the fungus. The backbone supports the capsules and transports 'nutrients' such as energy, water and waste. Through symbiose they form a comfortable living environment. 

The backbone is the core of the house; all fixed functions and installations are located here. The shape of the backbone is optimalized for wind and solar energy production. The windmill for example produces twice to thrice as much energy as in a normal situation. The house can be turned so the orientation will always be optimal for energy production. 

The capsules provide free and adaptable space. The backbone, capsules and floaters are modulAIR, so the house can adapt to changing needs of the inhabitants. The house is built completely from flexible and demountable parts. Occupants will become co-owner of a company, rent to recycle, where the parts are manufactured and repaired collectively. This will ensure that every part will return to its cycle at the end of its lifespan.