Fearing the impact of population growth and global warming on living conditions in a future world, architecture firm Dada, based in the Philippine capital Manila, has unveiled the Currents for Currents floating housing project for coastal communities.
Originally created in the Philippine context, this proposal aims to address the vulnerability of coastal areas to severe natural disasters, as well as the lack of reliable energy infrastructure.
Coastal communities tend to “get caught in the crossfire”: on the one hand, scarcity of land and resources, on the other, the influence of the sea or ocean with their tides and storms. People are forced to live in the most volatile conditions, so they are in dire need of safe and comfortable homes that require innovative solutions that combine traditional architecture and the marine environment.
The Currents for Currents project helps to create flexible structures consisting of individual units - dwellings that easily adapt to the ever-changing sea conditions. The homes in them will be powered by both tidal and solar energy, making the entire community completely autonomous and self-sufficient.
Despite the fact that the project was originally created for the Filipino environment, the modular design of these houses, as well as the use of ubiquitous materials for their creation, make it easy to build such houses on almost any coastal site around the world.