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Q & A: Floating a restaurant

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Most recent answer: 10/22/2007
Q:
Would you know of any floating material that would float a, say a restaurant?
- Troy (age 25)
United Architects of the Philippines
A:
Well, just about anything that floats (in water, I assume) can be used to hold up a restaurant. At the very least, though, you have to make sure that either the material itself is strong enough or it is encased in something strong or has strong supports in it to hold up your restaurant. Styrofoam may be just fine, but a metal shell might be needed to support the restaurant and keep the styrofoam from, say, getting pecked to bits by birds. And if you're going for the metal shell approach, why not do away with the stryofoam altogether, and just put your restaurant on a boat? I have seen several nice restaurants which have been made out of permanently anchored boats.

Tom

(published on 10/22/2007)

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