With the increase in global population and the consequent endangering of the available resources, broadening the gap between available resources, basic services ,amenities and the number of consumers ,the twenty first century has witnessed urban planning take on an unprecedented priority.Construction of Floating homes constitute a recent , yet pertinent aspect of urban planning in contemporary times.

What exactly are Floating Homes?

To understand the concept of Floating Homes, it is important to comprehend what the the term ‘floating’ in essence entails , with respect to architecture and engineering.In Foundation Engineering , the term ‘floating’ is precisely used to refer to the situation when the soil beneath the footing does not experience any additional load since the weight of the architectural structure equals the amount of soil that has been displaced.

Floating homes are a derivative of this concept and are in effect houses constructed on water , where the weight of the architectural structure equals or is less than the total uplift force of water, which in turn allows the structure to float on water.

Principle of Operation

Floating homes function on the principles of buoyancy and and do not require a foundation , like other architectural structures constructed on land. This is precisely the reason , they come to be known as buoyant homes.Floating homes can be constructed on hollow pipes, boats, light weight pads and other similar materials that can help not only carry the load of the structure but also float safely.

Some Amazing Floating Homes


Ijburg District, Amsterdam

Regenboogkade, Netherlands


Ladner, British Columbia


Yellowknife Bay, Northwest Territories


Stony Lake, Ontario


Portland, Oregon

Why encourage Floating Homes?

1.Places that are highly populated can benefit well from the construction of floating homes

2.Since they adapt well to rising water , they are particularly helpful in providing residence in         flood prone areas

3.Living on water can reduce the harmful effects of heat , impinging day to day lives of people

Costs and Benefits

For regular structures  ground price is a determining factor but for floating homes the price of water surface is less critical and less expensive.The costs typically manifest themselves in the adaptation measures needed for dealing with rising water levels.Generally the costs range from $75,000 to $1 million .More information about the costs can be accessed here: