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10 Modern Floating Homes That Offer An Aquatic Lifestyle
These bobbing houses are a fun and stylish alternative to traditional single-family homes.
In recent years, there’s a been a surge of interest in floating homes for many reasons — mainly because they can be easily adapted for site-specific environments.Ranging from a water villa with a sunken floor below the water, to a self-sustainable residence that can travel to some of the world’s most remote lakes and rivers, these new bobbing homes encourage an unconventional, water-based lifestyle.
Houseboat on the Eilbekkanal
Floating home on Lake Huron
Floating on a skeleton of steel pontoons, this prefab structure designed by MOS Architects was towed on-site, anchored and constructed in stages. Cedar envelops the interior, exterior and an enclosed exterior space. Protected by slatted rain screens, filtered light enters open voids throughout the entire structure — pragmatically reducing exposure to the natural elements.
ParkArk in Utrecht
Clad in copper panels and local timber, ParkArk was designed by BYTR Architects for a young family who wanted to live beside a 17-century park in Utrecht, The Netherlands. Formerly living in a steel ship, the family desired a houseboat that had the intimacy of their last home but with a more modern design.
Floatwing by Friday
This prefabricated houseboat can be built to order and shipped to almost anywhere in the world. The made-to-order houseboats are designed to be entirely self-sustainable for up to a week at a time, enabling occupants the opportunity to take up residence in some of the world’s most remote lakes and rivers.
Floating home in Copenhagen Harbour
Offering picturesque views of Copenhagen Harbour, this 750-square-foot, two-bedroom floating home was designed by Laust Nørgaard and features a dark-stained wood exterior with floor-to-ceiling sliding doors. The large windows allow residents and visitors to go swimming every morning by simply jumping out the bedroom door.
Port X on Vltava River
Currently floating on the banks of Prague’s Vltava River, this design-centric home and event space is composed of a single deck floor and a shed roof. Designed to be mobile, added to, reduced and reproduced, the structure consists of two major modular components: the pontoon and the residential area. The technological design combines wood, laminate and CNC-cut curves.
Water Villa in Amsterdam
The architects at Framework Studio and Studio Prototype created geometric patterns across the exterior of this floating villa that’s moored on a canal in the southwest part of Amsterdam. The timber-clad facade features a window on the top floor that can fold up by a remote-controlled shutter for additional privacy.
SayBoat in the Czech Republic
Inspired by Le Corbusier’s construction of minimalist architecture, architect Milan Řídký designed these buoyant living quarters for functionalism, spaciousness and utility. The two biggest rooms are connected by a staircase with a glass barrier, evoking the open atmosphere of a small loft.
‘O’ De Squisito houseboat
Expressed by horizontal slabs and floor-to-ceiling windows that float on structural catamaran beams, this dwelling designed by X-Architects is surrounded by an aquatic mise-en-scène. Inside, an upper deck contains a concealed kitchen, living room and an informal dining area, while the lower deck houses the bedrooms, bathroom and steering cabin.
Mjölk Architekti’s floating home
This two-story, affordable residence by Mjölk Architekti floats in the heart of downtown Prague. The exterior and interior is enveloped in wood panels. The ground floor contains the kitchen, living areas and a bathroom, while the top floor houses a cozy bedroom nook with a skylight.
Top photo by Dwell.