Arkup was designed with the ingenious engineering feature of four hydraulic pilings that stabilize the vessel on the sea floor or allow it to lift like a house on stilts above floodwaters. The finishing touches have been put on a floating mansion that can withstand rising sea levels and Category Four hurricanes of up to 155mph after years of development. The Arkup was designed by Dutch architecture firm Waterstudio.NL and will cost a whopping $5.5 million to own.
The property - propped up on hydraulic stilts measures 75ft-long comprising 4,350sq ft of open-plan space including a lounge, dining area, kitchen and bathroom. Upstairs, there are a total of four bedrooms, each with an en-suite bathroom. The hydraulic stilts can be deployed to a depth of 20 ft to stabilize the dwelling or lift it above the water line to avoid waves and reduce hull maintenance. The mansion comes with an outdoor area perfect for catching a tan and hosting parties.
Bedroom and bathtub.
There's a lot of other tech installed in the Arkup too, including a solar panel array and up to 1,000 kWh battery bank that Arkup says is sufficient to power it off-the-grid. Rainwater is collected from the roof and purified for drinking, and solar panels are used to power the internet, TV, radio and electric cooker. The home is propelled by a pair of 100 kW (134 hp) electric azimuth thrusters, allowing it to reach 7 knots.
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