Floating Houses

Time Circus Builds a Floating Vegetable Garden on an Abandoned Ship Crane in Belgium

Time Circus Builds a Floating Vegetable Garden on an Abandoned Ship Crane in Belgium

Antwerp’s MAS Museum lent the people at Time Circus an old unused crane on which the collective built their cool green space. Anchored at Bonapartedok, the experimental space is designed to engage

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Kunle Adeyemi Designs a Solar-Powered Floating School for the Flood-Prone Coastline of Nigeria

Kunle Adeyemi Designs a Solar-Powered Floating School for the Flood-Prone Coastline of Nigeria

For the community of Makoko of Lagos, Nigeria life on the water is nothing new. Prone to flooding, residents have dealt with encroaching waters for generations by building houses on stilts and using

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Silt Lake City: Floating ‘Hydropolis’ Could Ride the Tide of the Nile River in Egypt

Silt Lake City: Floating ‘Hydropolis’ Could Ride the Tide of the Nile River in Egypt

Silt Lake City is a student architecture project by Margaux Leycuras, Marion Ottmann and Anne-Hina Mallette that won a prize in a competition organized by the Foundation Jacques Rougerie. Before the

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Rotterdam’s Solar-Powered Floating Pavilion is an Experimental Climate-Proof Development

Rotterdam’s Solar-Powered Floating Pavilion is an Experimental Climate-Proof Development

Aiming to be the World Capital of CO2 by reducing fifty per cent its carbon emissions, Rotterdam has ambitious plans to adapt to rising sea levels. The idea is to build a community of floating homes,

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Modern Kenjo Cabin is a Solar-Powered Floating Room For a Family in Sweden

Modern Kenjo Cabin is a Solar-Powered Floating Room For a Family in Sweden

Limmared, Sweden-based prefab builder Kenjo offers up small prefab cabins designed for those needing more space than can be used as a guest house, relaxation space, office, studio or even a floating

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Sleep With the Fishes on Your Own Private Island in Sweden

Sleep With the Fishes on Your Own Private Island in Sweden

Designed by local artist and sculptor Mikael Genberg, Utter Inn sits on its own private floating island in Lake Vasteras near Stockholm. The journey to The Utter Inn (which means Otter in Swedish), begins

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SayBoat is a Minimalist Floating Home Clad With Sustainable Beech Wood in the Czech Republic

SayBoat is a Minimalist Floating Home Clad With Sustainable Beech Wood in the Czech Republic

The design brief called for a home for a couple that could accommodate family on the weekends. Whilst compact enough to drive down the road if the situation calls for it, the interior is surprisingly

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Wolfgang Tschapeller’s St. Joseph House is a Prefab Flood-Resistant Home in Austria

Wolfgang Tschapeller’s St. Joseph House is a Prefab Flood-Resistant Home in Austria

The structure hovers over a shallow pit which can be utilized as a car port or storage space. The 4 supports include a one-legged element, two two-legged ones and one three-legged element that elevates

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Waterstudio.nl Proposes Floating City Apps To Aid Slums Affected By Rising Sea Levels

Waterstudio.nl Proposes Floating City Apps To Aid Slums Affected By Rising Sea Levels

Wet slums are slum communities that live in conjunction with the water and many occur around the world. The connection to the water also puts them at risk for climate change and rising sea levels. To aid

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Whim Architects Launch Kickstarter Campaign to Build Self-Sustaining Island Homes from Pacific Plastic Garbage

Whim Architects Launch Kickstarter Campaign to Build Self-Sustaining Island Homes from Pacific Plastic Garbage

Dutch studio Whim Architects has unveiled plans for a floating, self-sustaining home that would respond to rising sea levels—and they hope to construct the island residence from plastic waste currently

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Six Flood-Proof Buildings That Can Survive Rising Tides

Six Flood-Proof Buildings That Can Survive Rising Tides

Floods often come up quickly with almost no warning, so it's imperative to have safe and secure designs, especially in places known for flooding. Even regions that aren't known for rising waters can be

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UID Architects’ Stunning Pit House is an Underground Home Sheltered Within a Floating Cedar Box

UID Architects’ Stunning Pit House is an Underground Home Sheltered Within a Floating Cedar Box

UID Architects's main goal for the Pit House was to make the transition between the exterior and interior as seamless as possible. Multiple branch-like columns support the cedar floating box, while the

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Floating Archipelago of Self-Sufficient Man-Made Islands Wins 2012 Odebrecht Award

Floating Archipelago of Self-Sufficient Man-Made Islands Wins 2012 Odebrecht Award

The Odebrecht Award for Sustainable Development awarded Rice University students Joanna Luo, Weijia Song, and Alexander Yuen, with advising professor Neeraj Bhatia, the top prize for the most innovative

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HWCD’s Floating Bamboo Courtyard Teahouse is a Zen Space For A Tea Party

HWCD’s Floating Bamboo Courtyard Teahouse is a Zen Space For A Tea Party

HWCD's Bamboo Courtyard Teahouse embraces traditional Chinese garden design by blending into the natural environment. The floating structure has a square envelope composed of a series of tea rooms

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Dror Benshetrit’s Massive Artificial Island Could House 300,000 Residents Near Istanbul

Dror Benshetrit’s Massive Artificial Island Could House 300,000 Residents Near Istanbul

Dror Benshetrit has a a vision for a new type of city - one that incorporates private residences with commercial spaces and parks. His project is dubbed HavvAda, and it's a man-made island that would

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Floating Cinema by Duggan Morris Architects Set to Sail Through London

Floating Cinema by Duggan Morris Architects Set to Sail Through London

The Floating Cinema will be used for on-board screenings, workshops and canal tours, as part of the collaboration between UP Projects and film-maker artist duo Somewhere (Nina Pope and Karen Guthrie).With

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Poetic Cosmos of the Breath is an Inflatable Solar Dome by Tomas Saraceno

Poetic Cosmos of the Breath is an Inflatable Solar Dome by Tomas Saraceno

Saraceno is renowned for his conceptual work with floating cities, all of which to date have married art and architecture in some astounding ways. The Poetic Cosmos of the Breath was made of foil that

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World’s “First Floating Village” Unveiled by Baca Architects and ZM Architecture Design for Glasgow

World’s “First Floating Village” Unveiled by Baca Architects and ZM Architecture Design for Glasgow

Baca Architects and ZM Architecture have teamed up with Floating Concepts to design what has been dubbed the world’s first “floating leisure village” at Canting Docks in Glasgow. The

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Sanitov Unveils Eco-Lux Floating Home at This Year’s London Design Festival

Sanitov Unveils Eco-Lux Floating Home at This Year’s London Design Festival

Moored within St. Katharine Docks, just minutes away from the iconic Tower Bridge, INACHUS was being built in Kent at this time last year. Featuring two floors, this house accommodates three bedrooms,

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Dutchman Johan Huibers Opens His Life-Size Noah’s Ark to the Public

Dutchman Johan Huibers Opens His Life-Size Noah’s Ark to the Public

We first reported on Huibers' Ark last year when the massive structure (it's so big, it's classed as a building not a boat!) was nearing completion. Now that the Ark is officially open to the public, more

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Sail Away in Style on Your Own Solar-Powered Orsos Floating Island Home

Sail Away in Style on Your Own Solar-Powered Orsos Floating Island Home

Wouldn’t it be amazing to be able to simply raise an anchor and move your home to a new country? Well, if you live on a luxury Orsos Island, you can do just that. The floating home resorts are

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Luxurious Floating Home Makes the Most of Its Small Footprint on Lake Union in Seattle

Luxurious Floating Home Makes the Most of Its Small Footprint on Lake Union in Seattle

Docked in the heart of the city on Lake Union, this floating home enjoys panoramic views south of downtown Seattle, Queen Anne Hill to the west, and Gas Works Park northward. With no room to spare, the

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VIDEO: Koen Olthuis Shares the Benefits of Floating Cities at TEDxWarwick

VIDEO: Koen Olthuis Shares the Benefits of Floating Cities at TEDxWarwick

Koen Olthuis, founder of Waterstudio.nl and floating architecture expert, recently gave a talk at TEDxWarwick on the benefits of floating cities. For years, we've been following Olthuis' work - including

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Modular AR-CHE Aqua Floathome Enjoys On-The-Lake-Living in Germany

Modular AR-CHE Aqua Floathome Enjoys On-The-Lake-Living in Germany

The AR-CHE Aqua Floathome is the first of several floating houses in the Lusatian Lake District by Steeltec37. This German company specializes in steel design for modular buildings on both land and water.

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Confused Direction’s Silverbeaver Hausboot is a Sustainable Floating Home

Confused Direction’s Silverbeaver Hausboot is a Sustainable Floating Home

Confused Direction was very careful to ensure that their Silverbeaver Hausboot was made of the most efficient materials so that the project has a tiny footprint. To this end, they clad the boat in

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Floating Mini Catamaran Cabin Offers a Serene Wilderness Retreat in The Netherlands

Floating Mini Catamaran Cabin Offers a Serene Wilderness Retreat in The Netherlands

Nature often has to compete for our attention with the interweb, video games, our iPhones and other forms of digital media. Beije figured that people would get outdoors more often if it was easy and

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China Transforms Soviet Warship Into World’s First Luxury Aircraft Carrier Hotel

China Transforms Soviet Warship Into World’s First Luxury Aircraft Carrier Hotel

What do you look for when choosing a luxury hotel - a gym? A swimming pool? How about the ability to launch over 30 aircraft at an enemy country? If you said yes to all of the above, then China's latest

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Paypal Founder Backs Blueseed’s Visa-Free Floating City in California

Paypal Founder Backs Blueseed’s Visa-Free Floating City in California

A genius startup called Blueseed recently announced that Paypal founder Peter Thiel has offered to help secure financing for a visa-free floating city off the California coast. This

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Robert Oshatz’s Floating Fennell House is a Passive Riverside Dream Home

Robert Oshatz’s Floating Fennell House is a Passive Riverside Dream Home

The entire structure is made from Glulam wood beams that Oshatz stacked and connected to make his signature swirling and curved design. Glulam is made from a number of small pieces of timber glued

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