SEA HOME MAY FLOAT YOUR BOAT

7 Days in Dubai - - CITYSCAPE 2016 -

Self-suf­fi­cient float­ing homes that can sus­tain them­selves at sea made their re­gional de­but at Cityscape. Dutch de­vel­op­ers New Liv­ing on Wa­ter un­veiled the space­ship-like vil­las for Dhs40 mil­lion ($11 mil­lion USD) each. The 1,500 sqm apart­ments gen­er­ate their own elec­tric­ity through so­lar panels on roofs and have an in­built sewage sys­tem to process waste, be­fore dis­pos­ing it in the ocean, ar­chi­tect Kees Kat told 7DAYS. “We can make it to­tally off-grid, so no elec­tric­ity, it has its own wa­ter-maker in it, and the sewage is pu­ri­fied in­side the base­ment so we don’t need to plug it to the main­land.” Menno de Roos, Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor and owner of New Liv­ing on Wa­ter said: “The com­bi­na­tion of six-star lux­ury and sus­tain­abil­ity - that’s our unique sell­ing point.” The firm’s stall has been swamped by de­vel­op­ers from the UAE, Saudi Ara­bia and Iran at this year’s trade show, ea­ger to pen a deal to build the se­aborne apart­ments both here and abroad. At the end of 2017 the firm plans to start build­ing its first seven apart­ments, mea­sur­ing 50 by 30 me­tres off the Caribbean coast of Ar­guilla. The ul­tra-lux­u­ri­ous pods have a sauna, out­side pool, spa, base­ment - and garage with a ca­pac­ity to house seven cars.

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