Many houseboats are forced to compromise comfort and space for the romantic lifestyle of living on the water, but this beautiful floating Dutch home by BYTR Architects makes no such tradeoff. Moored next to a lush seventeenth-century park in Utrecht, the ParkArk is a copper and timber clad houseboat with a facade that belies its spacious and light-filled interior. The Rotterdam-based firm’s skillful placement of windows and openings maximizes views of the neighboring park and water while maintaining a sense of privacy.
Commissioned by a young family, ParkArk was built to match the intimacy of the client’s former steel ship home while offering a larger floor plan. The architects used 3D modeling to carefully map out the design details to ensure equal weight distribution. Drainpipes were also installed in every corner to prevent rainwater from pooling on the rooftop and tilting the boat. Inside, the open plan living and dining rooms are painted bone-white and lined with light-colored French oak floorboards to create the illusion of spaciousness.
Located next to a busy cycling path, ParkArk is accessible via a footbridge that connects the wooded landscape to the timber-clad houseboat. Copper sheets line the bottom edge of the house and help blend the boat’s reflection with the facade. An external staircase leads to a vegetated roof and terrace installed with white stucco to make the outdoor room look like a continuation of the interior. A large skylight placed in the center of the green roof streams daylight and views of the tree canopy into the house.
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