Photo credit: Craig Denis | Arkup
Called Arkup #1, this floating house, designed by Dutch architect Koen Olthuis, is unlike any other. It’s a two-story 4,350-square-foot houseboat that’s part yacht and oil rig, due to its retractable hydraulic pilings that can lift the structure above water (up to 20-feet), keeping you safe in inclement weather, even during a Category 4 hurricane with winds up to 155 mph.
The roof-mounted solar panel array is paired with a 1,000 kWh battery pack that stores energy for anytime use, while a rainwater collection system ensures that you always have potable water. Want to move around or just go for a cruise? Arkup #1 uses a pair of 100 kW thrusters to propel itself at up to 7 knots.
A high-tech communication system connects the floating house with the internet, television and radio. In addition to plenty of floor-to-ceiling windows, the ground floor features a lounge / dining area, kitchen, and a full bathroom. Climb up the stairs, and you’ll find four spacious bedrooms, all of which have an en-suite bathroom for maximum privacy.
Slide open the massive windows on the ground floor and step out onto the expansive sun deck / terrace. One caveat: it’ll set you back a hefty $5.5-million USD.