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Two special floating homes now set up on the sandy shore of Kopaszi-gát

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  • sponsored WLB

23/07/2021 1.31pm

Thanks to a unique and innovative architectural development by Marinus Homes Kft, two special floating homes can react to changing water levels. When they rise, they float up and then return to their original place after they go down again.

Marinus Homes Kft has just installed two floating homes serving the Danube shore at the recently opened SHO Beach at BudaPart, the first public beach of its kind in Budapest.

Photo: Kaposi Tamás / Marinus Homes Kft.

Currently, as part of one of the fastest developing districts in Budapest, the two floating homes have been installed on the sandy shore of Kopaszi-gát. Due to their challenging location – a large riverbed – a special operation was required, which also factored in the surrounding environment and utilities.


Because of the predicted movements of water levels in the Danube, the area may become submerged and, in the event of a flood, this may increase further, and the water can lift the buildings. 

Photo: Kaposi Tamás / Marinus Homes Kft.

Accordingly, BudaPart’s floating houses have been built with a technological innovation developed for these Marinus Homes properties. Their special feature is that they resist flooding in response to higher water levels on the Danube, meaning that they won’t have to be lifted up by crane in autumn and winter, thereby providing three seasons of direct waterfront life for that stretch of coastline.

Photo: Kaposi Tamás / Marinus Homes Kft.

In times of high water levels, buildings become out of use and are not designed to accommodate people. However, the BudaPart Strand service buildings designed, manufactured and constructed by Marinus Homes are not problematic should the Danube flood.


As a result of the company’s unique and innovative architectural development, the buildings are able to respond to changes in water levels. When they rise, they float up and then return to their original place after they go down again.

Photo: Kaposi Tamás / Marinus Homes Kft.

In terms of function, the houses are the waterfront service units of the public park: the bistro building – operated by the SHO Beach team – with staff rooms, a medical room and an open guest terrace, a guest building with toilets and changing rooms, and a smaller mobile gatehouse.


The houses have been designed with the image of BudaPart in mind. The formal design shows a uniform yet varied façade pattern, with two types of materials used typical of Marinus Homes: thermowood slats and elemental aluminum composite façade panels.

The bistro building, with its unique motorised gates, was designed to provide its own shade. The service counter is also a custom-made piece of furniture that blends in with the overall image and becomes visible when the gates are opened along with a full façade. In terms of interior design, high-quality coverings, lamp fittings and built-in furniture and fittings otherwise used in public spaces have been installed.

Location

Budapest 5, Kopaszi-gát, Lágymányosi Bay 
Budapest District XI, near Lágymányosi Bay, Budapest District XI lot numbers 4042/142 

Designers

Marinus Homes Kft 
Head designer: Gergely Kiss-Gál, M.Sc. Architectural Design (M.Sc.)
Architect: Zsolt Krausz, M.Sc. Architectural Design
Project leader: Luca Glavatity, M.Sc. Architectural Design (M.Sc.)


General Contractor/Prime Contractor
Marinus Homes Kft

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