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Beautiful Lake Huron Floating House by MOS

Posted By Bridgette Meinhold On January 9, 2009 @ 5:00 am In Architecture,Floating Houses | 11 Comments

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What do you do when you need to build a house in the middle of Lake Huron where building on location is prohibitively expensive? You construct a floating house [2] and make it so you can tug it to it’s new home. This beautiful, 1-bedroom lake cabin, designed by MOS [3], rests on a platform of steel pontoons that allows the house to ride with the fluctuations of the lake. The house itself is a handsome structure with simple and clean lines, but it is the location and surroundings that really make it such a desirable home.


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Lake Huron’s water levels fluctuate greatly throughout the year due to changes in season and environmental trends. As a result, any home built around the lake has to take into account the varying water levels. This lake cabin [4], which resides on the lake, rides the fluctuations. The huge steel pontoons were constructed first, and then brought to the contractor’s lakefront workshop. The pontoons were then placed on the frozen lake, where the construction of the house took place. As it would have been too costly to transport the materials and labor to the site for construction, the home was prefabricated completely off site.

Once completed, the home was tugged 80 km to its present location off an island in Lake Huron and anchored. While tugging a house may not seem environmentally friendly, given the option to transport all the materials and all people to the remote island — transporting the house one time has much less of an impact.

The exterior is clad in cedar siding, and forms an outer envelope for the house to provide a barrier from sometimes harsh weather on the lake. Parts of the exterior are “rainscreens” made from strips of cedar that filter light, enclose some exterior spaces, and also reduce wind load and heat gain. On the water level, the house includes a boat slip, storage space, and a sauna. The second floor contains the living space, kitchen, office space and bedroom.

+ MOS [3]

via Arch Daily [5]


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[1] Image: http://www.inhabitat.com/2009/01/09/mos-architecture-lake-huron-floating-house/

[2] floating house: http://www.inhabitat.com/2007/04/02/dutch-floating-homes-by-duravermeer/

[3] MOS: http://www.mos-office.net/

[4] lake cabin: http://www.inhabitat.com/2008/04/11/co2-saver-house-in-poland/

[5] Arch Daily: http://www.archdaily.com/10842/floating-house-mos/

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