Gallery: Self-Sufficent Floating House Powered by the Sun and Sea

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House on the Water by Poland-based Formodesign is a stunning floating home that relies on the surrounding sea and radiating sun to keep it self-sufficient in terms of energy and h2o. Accessible only by boat, the cantilevered home rests offshore from a beautiful beach and is intended to be used as a rental home for those seeking a life offshore.

Designed for the Mediterranean off the NW coast of the Greek Zante Island, this eco-friendly and self-sufficient home maximizes the use of solar energy through orientation of the structure as well as solar panels on top. Other eco features include water desalination, natural ventilation, tidal energy systems, and water recycling, all with the express purpose of reducing energy and water consumption. The floating home also has a high-tech shading system that is computer driven and runs on rails which are the the vertical lines on the facade.

Inspired by luxury yachts, the project’s architecture is white and pristine, and looks as though it would need a deck hand available at all times to keep it scrubbed down. Made from concrete and steel, the structure cantilevers from a central core, which is a concrete counterweight foot stabilizer with the sea bed pile system. The dock underneath floats with the help of rails installed in the core structure and can rise and fall with the tides. From the deck a stairway leads up to the main floor of the house, which has a cool and contemporary feel. Seems like all the benefits of yacht living without the constant rocking.

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  1. P.S. August 29, 2009 at 5:26 pm

    At first sight interesting enough project (if it to finish)

    Can seem strange, but I had a similar idea of console designs, even has almost finished the project (somewhere on a disk lie Renders)

    Very successful use of similar designs from the point of view of space, on the small area of contact it is possible to construct an extensive complex, ease and durability, visibility and functionality

    How it is possible to contact editors of magazine?

  2. a_moller August 27, 2009 at 4:09 am

    Most of those renders were absolutely pointless except to make the project look glossy. wheres a diagram showing how those technologies are employed? I could easily just make a beautiful design and INTEND and SAY that it is going to be green. From what is shown, that is exactly how this project comes across…

  3. s3xt0y August 26, 2009 at 10:16 pm

    wow thats really cool.

  4. canvas interiors August 26, 2009 at 8:33 pm

    From a certain angle, this reminds me of a stapler. Overall, the concept is interesting,

  5. Kadek Ayu Susiani Dewi August 26, 2009 at 8:25 pm

    It is brilliant design and very eco-friendly. Could be considered as future house. However, it is better if followed by description of domestic waste handling.

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