Danish Architecture Studio MAST Develops ‘Land on Water’, a Floating Housing Infrastructure System | New


“Land on water” Image rendering © KVANT-1/Courtesy of MAST.

Danish maritime architecture firm, MAST, has developed a sustainable floating foundation for building housing and infrastructure above water, called “Land on Water”. The project was developed to serve as a solution to rising sea levels and increasing risks of urban flooding.

Image rendering © KVANT-1/Courtesy of MAST.

For Land on Water, MAST was joined by construction industry executive Hubert Rhomberg and venture studio FRAGILE. The system consists of modular containers made from reinforced and recycled plastic.

Image: MAST

He was inspired by gabion construction, a method that uses wire mesh cages filled with rubble to create strong, inexpensive foundations. With Land on Water, the “cages” are filled with locally sourced recycled materials that could support the weight of any structure while floating. Materials could be adjusted if weight is added.

Image: MAST

Land on Water also leaves a smaller footprint than steel and concrete foundations, which use toxic antifouling paints. It will provide living space for fish and shellfish and promote the growth of molluscs and algae.

The company shares that the project promises a “climate-adaptable solution for the construction of new floating buildings, but could also lead to a whole new type of dynamic and organic off-grid floating community”.


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