Dezeen Wire: "we're advocating other UK architects to design on water," architect Alex de Rijke told Dezeen at the Venice Architecture Biennale this week, where his firm dRMM are exhibiting proposals for floating housing at the British Pavilion.
Above: photograph is by Cristiano Corte
"Our idea was to learn from the Netherlands and show how their ideas might be applicable to UK waterways," he said. "There is no shortage of water in the UK and no shortage of rain, but there is a shortage of housing and a shortage of development sites."
Above: Water-houses in IJburg, Waterbuurt West, Amsterdam
The studio's proposals are for an infrastructure of houseboats at London's Royal Docks, and for the exhibition they present a floating terrace with an outboard engine and plastic floats.
Above, left to right: Alex de Rijke, Merlin Eayrs and Isabel Pietri of dRMM, photographed by Valerie Bennett
Named The Dutch Way, the project is one of ten on show for the British Pavilion's Venice Takeaway exhibition, which showcases ideas for British architecture brought back from other countries around the world by teams of 'explorers'. Read the brief in our earlier story.
- Clubhouse for Tennisclub IJburg with sea…ts on its roof by MVRDV
- Pavilions based on mythical creatures ma…ke up Haaris Ramzan's story-telling guild
- Museum of Islamic Art by I.M. Pei
- Nature Centre by EFFEKT
- Kindergarten Susi Weigel by Bernardo Bad…er built from timber and concrete
- Hackney Marshes Centre by Stanton Willia…ms
- "BIG never makes any design decisions ju…st for fun" says Bjarke Ingels
- Sustainable house on the Geul by Upfrnt …and Zwarthout
- 55 Blair Road by ONG&ONG
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