Floating Houses

Le Grand Plateau House Peeks Out Elegantly Over Quebec Lake

Le Grand Plateau House Peeks Out Elegantly Over Quebec Lake

The unique location of the home, along with its height, offers stunning views of the surrounding landscape. For optimal viewing from every angle, the architects built a wrap-around terrace that covers

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Tiny Taku Tanku Mobile Shelter is Carved Out of Recycled Rainwater Tanks

Tiny Taku Tanku Mobile Shelter is Carved Out of Recycled Rainwater Tanks

New York-based architects Stereotank have an established practice designing interactive installations and oversized musical instruments and have often used recycled rainwater tanks in their work. Now, in

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Snowflake-Shaped Floating Krystall Hotel to Sparkle off the Coast of Norway

Snowflake-Shaped Floating Krystall Hotel to Sparkle off the Coast of Norway

Koen Olthuis and Dutch Docklands have announced a new project: a five-star floating hotel off the coast of Norway named the Krystall. Reminiscent of their Maldives development the Greenstar, this

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England’s First Floating Village Coming Soon to East London’s Royal Docks

England’s First Floating Village Coming Soon to East London’s Royal Docks

Faced with rising sea levels, would you consider a move onto the water? Soon, a community of Londoners will have exactly that option. dRMM Architects has won the Royal Docks competition to design

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Affordable Solar-Powered Floating Village Planned for Edinburgh

Affordable Solar-Powered Floating Village Planned for Edinburgh

While floating homes have been the norm in the Netherlands for many years, they're just starting to gain in popularity in the UK. Houseboats are increasingly dotting the Thames in London, and waterborne

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INHABITAT INTERVIEW: Koen Olthuis of WaterStudio.nl Talks About Design for a Water World

INHABITAT INTERVIEW: Koen Olthuis of WaterStudio.nl Talks About Design for a Water World

In light of all the dire news related to climate change, rising sea levels and the natural disasters which have stricken numerous coastal areas around the world, we here at Inhabitat would like to

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Qatar Unveils Luxurious Off-Grid Floating Hotels for 2022 World Cup

Qatar Unveils Luxurious Off-Grid Floating Hotels for 2022 World Cup

Sigge Architect’s designs are linked to the mainland by boats and new transit lines in Qatar.  The hotels will be accompanied by luxury apartments and are part of a new island called Oryx Island off

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Tiny Floating SAFE+ Tsunami Shelters Double as Karaoke Booths in Non-Emergencies

Tiny Floating SAFE+ Tsunami Shelters Double as Karaoke Booths in Non-Emergencies

SAFE+ weights only 1,300 kg (2,866 lbs) and is 6.2 m long, 2.3 m wide and 2.3 m high (20.2 x 7.6 x 7.56 ft). These spacious shelters are roughly the size of a large SUV and come in two models with

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Pro Skater Bob Burnquist Busts Moves on an Awesome Floating Skate Ramp on Lake Tahoe

Pro Skater Bob Burnquist Busts Moves on an Awesome Floating Skate Ramp on Lake Tahoe

) As part of a campaign to help promote tourism in California, Visit California asked Bob Burnquist to skate on a floating ramp for one of their commercials. Burnquist said yes and did them one better,

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Man Builds Amazing Geodesic Houseboat for Just $2,000

Man Builds Amazing Geodesic Houseboat for Just $2,000

Buckminster Fuller must be smiling down on this DIY geodesic houseboat built for just about $2,000. Buffalo, NY resident Michael Weekes decided to create the floating digs out of sustainable plywood and

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Floating Arctic Harvester Farm Uses Water from Melting Icebergs to Feed Greenland

Floating Arctic Harvester Farm Uses Water from Melting Icebergs to Feed Greenland

The floating hydroponic farm uses melting icebergs as a massive resource for growing fruit and vegetables. The structure is shaped as a traditional village-the circular form encompasses a central bay in

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Solar-Powered Floating Island is an Off-Shore Green Retreat

Solar-Powered Floating Island is an Off-Shore Green Retreat

OK, we've seen concepts like this for years now - round floating retreats complete with a transparent room in the belly to see all the fish swim by. The idea is certainly appealing considering the fact

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How Can We Waterproof Our Future?

How Can We Waterproof Our Future?

The Sea Tree design by architect Koen Olthuis (c) Waterstudio.NL When the movie Waterworld premiered in 1995, people regarded the Kevin Costner flick as a fairly ridiculous post-apocalyptic science

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INTERVIEW: Sustainability Advisor Lonny Grafman on the Waterpod

INTERVIEW: Sustainability Advisor Lonny Grafman on the Waterpod

If you live in New York City, you may soon have the chance to check out the Waterpod, an incredible self-reliant eco-habitat, exhibition, and living space designed to showcase sustainable grassroots

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Man Builds Spectacular Dream Home in the Norwegian Countryside

Man Builds Spectacular Dream Home in the Norwegian Countryside

Monan had dreamt of building his own home for a while, but lack of funds meant he would have never been able to afford having craftmen build the house of his dreams exactly as he imagined it. So, he took

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Halley VI: The World’s First Modular Research Station in Antarctica Can Climb Through Snow

Halley VI: The World’s First Modular Research Station in Antarctica Can Climb Through Snow

Halley Research Stations, run by the British Antarctic Survey, are dedicated to exploring the Earth's atmosphere. The data collected at Brunt Ice Shelf in Antarctica, where the stations are located, has

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Water Villa: Eco-Luxe Wooden Floating Home in Amsterdam

Water Villa: Eco-Luxe Wooden Floating Home in Amsterdam

Water Villa is clad with vertical western cedar beams that create beautiful geometric patterns across its boxy shell. They represent an abstract illusion of the canal´s water while providing privacy and

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Bloom: Floating Phytoplankton Farm Absorbs Carbon Dioxide and Monitors Rising Sea Levels

Bloom: Floating Phytoplankton Farm Absorbs Carbon Dioxide and Monitors Rising Sea Levels

The floating spherical structure is conceived of as a way to address global warming and rising sea levels. Large phytoplankton aquariums, supervised by a permanent staff of scientists and marine experts,

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Google’s Mysterious Barge to be a Temporary Exhibition Space with 12 ‘Fish Fin’ Sails

Google’s Mysterious Barge to be a Temporary Exhibition Space with 12 ‘Fish Fin’ Sails

The mystery surrounding a barge moored near San Francisco's Treasure Island has been solved, but the Google showroom is getting more interesting by the day. Designed by Gensler and LOT-EK and submitted by

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World’s First Floating Apartment Complex to Begin Construction in 2014!

World’s First Floating Apartment Complex to Begin Construction in 2014!

For centuries, the Dutch have manipulated the landscape to move water away from their dwellings. Instead of battling the elements, Netherlands-based firm Waterstudio just announced plans to construct the

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Self-Sufficient RE:Villa Floating Island Concept Recycles Coastal Pollution Into Building Material

Self-Sufficient RE:Villa Floating Island Concept Recycles Coastal Pollution Into Building Material

Together with a naval architect and a building engineer, WHIM architecture is developing an island prototype that employs recycled coastal pollution as building material. The RE:Villa would be constructed

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Steel and Bamboo Ring Celestial Bliss in Taiwan Celebrates Nature’s Endless Circle of Life

Steel and Bamboo Ring Celestial Bliss in Taiwan Celebrates Nature’s Endless Circle of Life

The structure is made from reusable steel, which serves as the primary structural system, and bamboo cladding. The inner projection screen was made from recycled materials, while bamboo sections were

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Sustainable Makokos Floating School in Nigeria is Finally Complete

Sustainable Makokos Floating School in Nigeria is Finally Complete

The floating locality of Makoko has around 100,000 habitants, a congregation of fishermen that settled in the area 200 years ago. Dubbed "Africa's Venice," it is situated on a lagoon at the edge of Lagos

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UP Projects Unveils Eco-Friendly Floating Cinema in London

UP Projects Unveils Eco-Friendly Floating Cinema in London

With its quirky name and vibrant colors, the Floating Cinema will host a variety of onboard screenings, large-scale outdoor films for bankside audiences, floating tours of the waterways, and educational

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INHABITAT INTERVIEW: Waterstudio’s Koen Olthuis on FLOAT!

INHABITAT INTERVIEW: Waterstudio’s Koen Olthuis on FLOAT!

Photocredits: Architect Koen Olthuis - Waterstudio.NL and Pieter Kers FLOAT! is a beautiful volume that explores the world of floating architecture through historic, current, and future developments as

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Minimalist Tred Avon River House Floats Above a Changing Maryland Landscape

Minimalist Tred Avon River House Floats Above a Changing Maryland Landscape

Comprised of three volumes, the Tred River residence has a 36 foot central volume, a 10 foot entry door and side lights, and a contrasting 12 foot volume that plays host to the garage and other service

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Qatar Unveils Plans for Massive Artificial Oryx Island to House 25,000 Visitors During 2022 World Cup

Qatar Unveils Plans for Massive Artificial Oryx Island to House 25,000 Visitors During 2022 World Cup

The two million-square-meter Onyx Island will comprise five temporary floating hotels and three permanent ones, an open air theater pavilion and a total of 234 villas. HOK and ABS Architects were

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David Spurgeon’s Passive Solar Houseboat Conserves Energy in Sausalito

David Spurgeon’s Passive Solar Houseboat Conserves Energy in Sausalito

The history of Sausalito's houseboat community dates back to the late 19th century, when wealthy San Franciscans would keep floating holiday homes in Marin County. But after the devastating 1906

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H&P Architects’ Bamboo Homes Float Above Rising Flood Waters on Recycled Oil Drums

H&P Architects’ Bamboo Homes Float Above Rising Flood Waters on Recycled Oil Drums

Bamboo was chosen for the homes not just because it is plentiful in the region, but it is also versatile, durable as well as traditional.  Bamboo frames, roofing and walls are arranged between long steel

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