Floating homes are popping up all over the world, but the Eco-Barrio Flotante is the first of its kind in Argentina. Envisioned by designer Fabian De Martino, these stylish, prefabricated houseboats are anchored at San Fernando's Yatch Club in Buenos Aires, but can be moored at any large, calm body of water. Available for rent or purchase, each two-level cabin comes with all the comforts of the home, including outdoor decks, a Jacuzzi and a rowing boat, with the benefits of living on water. The ideal weekend getaway, these compact spaces would also be good for urbanites looking to escape the hustle and bustle of city life.
Located 40 minutes away from the city, the village rests on the golden Rio de la Plata among private yachts and sailboats. It is designer Fabián De Martino and his sister Victoria Carrasco’s first water-bound project. Inspired by similar initiatives they saw on a trip to Amsterdam, the houseboats are available for rent or purchase.
The Eco-Floating Village currently has five, two-level properties with WiFi, television, air conditioning, outdoor spaces and more. ‘La Victoria’ (the first one built), ‘Infinit View’, ‘Allegra’ and ‘Alf‘, are all different in style and size, with the largest reaching 235 square foot. Prefabricated at a nearby shipyard, each cabin is crafted from durable, light and fireproof materials, have their own biodigester for wastewater treatment and solar capability.
Featuring a contemporary luxury aesthetic, the cabins come with a front Eucalyptus wood deck complete with a lounger and outdoor Jacuzzi. Another extravagant highlight comes courtesy of Gabriel Hanfling, the owner of a popular eyewear brand (Infinit), whose parked water motorbike matches his home’s eye-catching skin. The floating cabins come with rubber or wooden floors and feature sliding aluminum doors that ensure plenty of natural light.
As well as a sofa, there is a small yet well equipped kitchen on the ground floor, with plenty of storage space and a breakfast table for two. There is also a bathroom equipped with a shower and rechargeable 12-volt electric toilet with a dual-function pump, just like regular boats have.
Decorated by a skater, this floating home makes good use of old tracks and wheels. Upstairs, the bedroom is bright and minimalist, topped by a low angular ceiling and a door that leads to a small balcony. Each home comes with its own rowing boat that let guests travel to and from the yacht club’s entrance, and then to the city.
So if you are planning a weekend away from the bustling Argentine’s capital consider this marine retreat. It will help you unwind and find piece over the water lulling sound.
Photos © Ana Lisa Alperovich for Inhabitat