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Brief Published: 9 Jan 2012

New Floating Community, Holland


Thanks to its myriad of waterways, the Netherlands continues to be an innovation hotspot for “water builds”. The latest comes in the form of a proposal for a residential community entitled Leeuwarden Housing – Urban Water Lilies, in Leeuwarden.

What’s perhaps more surprising about the venture is that it’s not been designed by a Dutch practice, but by two southern European studios: Portuguese architecture firm OODA, and Madrid-based OOIIO Architecture.

Inspired by the water lilies of the Friesland Province, where Leeuwarden is located, the design features a network of platforms similar to lily pads, which support a range of housing typologies and green breakout spaces. Waterways divide the platforms, with a further network of paths allowing easy access for pedestrians, cyclists and cars.

The design also includes sustainable elements, such as an apartment block with wind turbines integrated into each storey, areas designated to solar and geothermal energy collection, and water recycling facilities.

See our Spaces report, Waterway Living, for more architectural projects embracing urban waterways as the next frontier for city living.


OOIIOO Architecture