The WaterHouses were designed by the practice of Schenk + Waiblinger Architects and it consists of five buildings meant to exemplify the way in which the future residential developments could offer an interaction with water, as a sustainability feature. With this in mind, the WaterHouses are designed to comply with the Passive House standard, one of the most rigorous green building standards in the world.
The geothermal energy provided by the ground water is used at the heating of the houses along with the solar energy and they also take care of the hot water. Since the energy consumption is of the essence in the project, there is a built in technology which offers a way of monitoring the daily energy consumption.
There is a “WaterTower” in the project which features 22 apartments spread over 9 floors, and the other four buildings are three-unit houses, in which each apartment has its water terrace working also as a dock. There is also a common water terrace and several other recreational amenities like boat jetties, underwater gardens or water walls are also planned in the final project.