Floating Buildings

Buildings designed with foundations floating in water or on platforms floating in water, rather than on foundations dug into the earth. Examples include houses with foundations on a river bottom constructed so that -- if the water level rises to flood stage -- the house and the foundation will float up with the water level; and various types of buildings constructed on floating platforms or islands in a body of water, such as a lake or sea.

Quick Facts

Go Historic ID
3390
Names
floating buildings
floating building
buildings, floating
drijvende gebouwen Dutch
drijvend gebouw Dutch
edificios flotantes Spanish
edificio flotante Spanish

More Definitions

Buildings designed with foundations floating in water or on platforms floating in water, rather than on foundations dug into the earth. Examples include houses with foundations on a river bottom constructed so that -- if the water level rises to flood stage -- the house and the foundation will float up with the water level; and various types of buildings constructed on floating platforms or islands in a body of water, such as a lake or sea. The term is also used in some disciplines to refer to very large ships containing the features and construction elements of a building.

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Bibliography

  1. 1.  The Getty Art & Architecture Thesaurus, 300007967. The J. Paul Getty Trust.