Floatyard is the innovative design concept to provide multi-family housing in a floating complex located in Charlestown, Massachusetts and situated on the banks of Boston Harbor and the Mystic River. Located just north of downtown Boston, the geographic extent of Charlestown has changed dramatically from its colonial ancestor. Landfill operations have expanded much of Boston - lowering hills and filling existing salt marsh but there are concerns that the sea will reclaim this land once again when it rises with the tides of global warming.
In lieu of traditional pilings, Floatyard will be constructed out of a system that will allow the entire complex to float and therefore rise and fall with the tide. It will serve as a testing ground for community living on the water and perhaps spur other cities to think more creatively about embracing the sea.
Floatyard will use opportunities that exist in the environment of its geographical location to generate energy and prevent energy waste. The building will harvest solar energy from the roof and tidal energy from the mooring columns that anchor it. And - given a generous average annual precipitation - the building will also harvest rainwater.
As Floatyard rises and falls approximately 9.8 feet with each tidal cycle, mooring columns keep the building in place with each shift. Mooring columns contain air chambers and pistons that compress air with each cycle to generate energy.