Prenuptial housing: conceptual home will split in two if its occupants divorce

by Anna Delves – A Dutch firm has designed a floating house that can be separated in half, allowing both parts of a separating couple to retain their home after the dissolution of their marriage. Omar Kibri, a self-proclaimed PR and pop culture expert, partnered with architectural firm Studio OBA to bring the design to life.

Kibri was inspired to create the design in response to rising divorce rates in the Netherlands, and hopes the separating house will help to make the process of breaking up less of an upheaval. “With the increasing number of divorces each year, our concept is – regrettably – becoming more and more relevant,” said Kibri. “I especially like the fact that we can stabilise the home front during an otherwise very hectic time. With this concept you namely don’t need to relocate after a break-up.”

Who retains the family home – and whether or not it can be retained at all – is often a key question in divorce settlements. For those over fifty, it’s becoming increasingly likely they will have to sell their houses should they divorce their partner. So could Kibri’s design really be a practical solution?