The Americas and the Caribbean have been hit hard by hurricanes recently and because some of the world's wealthiest choose to reside in places like Miami and the Florida Keys, architect Koen Olthuis and a housing startup called Arkup are designing luxury floating homes that can withstand Category 4 winds.

Olthuis and Arkup call these luxury homes “livable yachts” and have outfitted them with luxury interiors, solar panels on the roof, and hydraulic jack-up systems that anchor and stabilize the homes during storms.

Olthuis specializes in designing homes for the water and believes floating homes are the future, especially in the face of climate change.

Flip through the renderings above and let us know if you’d trust these floating houses during a hurricane.

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