IBA Dock
Floating on the Elbe river in Hamburg, the 'IBA Dock' by German firm Slawik architekten is an office and exhibition building that prepares for the elevating water levels caused by global warming. With ocean and groundwater levels rising, the waterways will be pressured to absorb more water, inundating historical city centers and monuments. Floating structures for settlement or expansions near water can adjust to the changing levels, offering a more sustainable strategy than the overused solution of dikes. Currently the largest in Germany, this structure is built upon a 43 meter long and 25 meter wide concrete pontoon to navigate 3.5 meter tides.

Three storeys of modular steel frames are assembled on top of the floating foundation. The modules may be disassembled for transport or to rearrange the form to pass bridges. Visitors access the top deck through a pedestrian access connected to land. The sun's energy is captured with rooftop photovoltaic panels and supplies energy to the heat pumps which use the water below.

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