The LEED Platinum vessel was the brainchild of Dutch architecture firm Waterstudio.N, which set out to create luxury “large-scale floating projects in an urban environment” that address climate change with flexibility and sustainability. With a hybrid foundation featuring hydraulic stilts that can extend 20 feet, the Arkup 75 provides stability when docked and can literally rise above floodwaters or storm surges — making it particularly attractive in spots like south Florida that are vulnerable to sea-level rise and tropical storms. According to the company, the Arkup 75 is also rated to withstand a category-4 hurricane.
Completed in time for the 2018 Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show and currently located in Miami (although the company will arrange for shipping, mooring, a slip with a long-term lease in a marina, and even a captain and crew for the buyer), the first Arkup 75 has four bedrooms and four-and-one-half baths in 2,700 square feet of indoor living space.
Upstairs are four large en-suite bedrooms and private outdoor space. Additional features include smart house automation; a rooftop solar array; floor-to-ceiling impact windows; and a rainwater-harvesting and purification system.
“We are amazed by the interest raised by our next-generation floating homes” says Nicolas Derouin, co-founder of ARKUP, in a news release.