The Netherlands turns to floating houses as sea level rises

Amsterdam's Ijburg neighborhood is the first floating neighborhood with 97 houses.

By Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor | January 6, 2016

With more than half the people living below sea level, the Netherlands faces a tough challenge as sea levels rise as a result of climate change. One solution is floating houses.

Amsterdam's Ijburg neighborhood is the first floating neighborhood with 97 houses. Floating houses are built by creating foundations of concrete, then filling them with Styrofoam. This design concept is said to make them virtually unsinkable.

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