Rotterdam has ambitious plans for the construction of floating communities. In the Stadshavens area, there is room for 1600 hectares of sustainable area development and by 2040, around 13,000 climate-proof houses will be built, of which around 1,200 will be on the water. In these floating districts, people will live, shop, work and recreate on the water.
Floating communities are an opportunity for new residential environments in Rotterdam. Especially for people who want to live in a special location and in a particular way in Rotterdam. People who are looking for tranquillity and space in an environment that is urban and abundant in water – will be very interested. For more creative entrepreneurs and small-scale production economy, floating constructions are an inspiring working environment. It also offers opportunities for particular forms of energy generation such as tidal energy and cooling or heating from river water and can be a driver for redevelopment of areas, such as in Stadshavens Rotterdam.
The Rotterdam approach to floating constructions starts with pilot projects in order to learn from used techniques, management, etc. The Floating Pavilion is the first pilot project to have been realized. It is not only special because of the floating domes on the water but it is first and foremost climate-proof, innovative, sustainable and flexible.