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If you’re bad with languages, let me help you out with this one: “Elektrobotenhuis” is Dutch for “electric boat house.” But this is not your average botenhuis. Designed by Rotterdam-based Sebastiaan Jansen Architectuur, this botenhuis is also an electric boat charging station – the first of its kind in the country. I guess I’m behind the times because I didn’t even know we were making electric boats yet and now designers are creating incredible-looking charging stations for them.
The structure’s large, angled bow gives a nod to the thousands of ships that will dock and charge here each year. It houses machinery to rebuild and restore beat up boats as well a gallery that does away with the typical white wall and instead displays objects floating on the surface of the water. If that wasn’t cool enough, it’s also remarkably energy efficient. The roof holds 72 solar panels that generate and store enough energy to power 1,385 boats per year.