Are floating homes the solution to the housing crisis?
Auckland is hardly the first city in the world to have a housing crisis, but maybe it could learn from the London experience.
The mayor of London is backing an architectural design competition to encourage novel design solutions for affordable housing, which has attracted more than 200 entries from leading architects in 16 countries. These include a novel idea for floating homes lining the riverbanks of the numerous unused waterways in Greater London.
The concept has been developed by Baca Homes, one of 10 firms shortlisted for the New London Architecture (NLA) award. Working with Floating Homes Ltd, the company has come up with a high-quality prototype for prefabricated floating homes that can be constructed quickly and easily.
Baca has already achieved acclaim for the Amphibious House, which featured on Grand Designs in the UK and has been touted as one of the most ambitious Grand Designs projects.
The competition winner will be announced in December.