If you prefer views of blue waters over grass lawns, you’ll love the WaterNest 100, an adorable ecological floating habitat. Designed by architect Giancarlo Zema and developed by EcoFloLife after years of research, this solar-powered floating house offers an attractive and low-impact way to live in harmony with nature. Made of recycled and sustainable materials, the unit is 98% recyclable and can be positioned in any large and calm body of water.
The 1000-square-foot floating pod-shaped home measures 12 meters in diameter and 4 meters tall. Its curved body is constructed from recycled glued laminated timber and a recycled aluminum hull. The rounded wooden roof is topped by a 60-square-meter photovoltaic array capable of generating 4 kWp. Four skylights flank both sides of the photovoltaic array. Large windows and balconies wrap around the unit to allow users to enjoy views of the water.
The developers created a “sophisticated system of internal natural micro-ventilation and air conditioning” to classify the building as a “low-consumption residential habitat.” The WaterNest 100 also features a flexible interior design that can be changed to suit different uses. If the owner doesn’t intend to use the unit as a home, the floating ecological pod could easily be reconfigured into an office space, lounge bar, restaurant, shop, or exhibition space.
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