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Schwimmhaus: The Sustainable Modern HouseBoat
Posted By Alexandra Kain On November 6, 2008 @ 11:00 am In Architecture,Environment,Floating Houses,Green Building,Green Roof,Innovation,Prefab Housing,Recycled Materials,Water Issues | 14 Comments
The Schwimmhaus  by German architects Confused-Direction  is a green hausboot (oops, house boat) designed to float around or just stay put on the shore. Its modern pre-fab aesthetic sets it aside from most maritime-y houseboats, and a green roof  adds freshness and sustainable cred. Still under construction, Schwimmhaus is being built from wood salvaged from an old farm house in addition to other sustainable building materials .
Based in Oldenburg, just a boat’s float up the Hunte River to the North Sea, Confused-Direction  is a young design co-op founded by Flo Florian  and Sascha Akkermann. With backgrounds in technical design and carpentry, respectively, Confused-Direction dabbles in furniture, interior and architectural design. You may remember Sascha’s fold-up chaise lounge, the poissonmobile  from 2006.
The Schwimmhaus is set for completion this spring. No word yet on whether they’re planning on making the hausboot commercially available but I can imagine a waiting list in eco-conscious houseboat-friendly cities like Seattle or Portland. It’s inspiring to see designers take on alternative dwellings – if we can’t significantly reduce the melting of our icecaps and glaciers, we may all be living afloat someday.
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URLs in this post:
 Image: http://www.inhabitat.com/2008/11/06/schwimmhaus-boat-by-confused-direction/
 Schwimmhaus: http://www.schwimmhausboot.de/
 Confused-Direction: http://www.confused-direction.de/
 green roof: http://www.inhabitat.com/2007/09/21/prefab-friday-green-prefab-mklotus-debuts/
 sustainable building materials: http://www.inhabitat.com/category/sustainable-materials/
 Flo Florian: http://www.flo-art.de/
 poissonmobile: http://www.inhabitat.com/2006/07/03/poissonmobile-chaisemat-by-confused-direction/
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