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Self-Sufficent Floating House Powered by the Sun and Sea
Posted By Bridgette Meinhold On August 26, 2009 @ 3:30 pm In Architecture,Floating Houses | 5 Comments
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.
+ Formodesign 
Via ArchDaily 
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URLs in this post:
 Image: http://www.inhabitat.com/2009/08/26/self-sufficent-floating-house/houseonthewater-6/
 House on the Water: http://www.archdaily.com/33052/house-on-the-water-formodesign/
 Formodesign: http://www.formodesign.pl/
 self-sufficient: http://www.inhabitat.com/2009/05/13/a-utopian-vision-for-food-city-dubai/
 water desalination: http://www.inhabitat.com/2008/06/18/charles-patons-teatro-del-agua/
 floating home: http://www.inhabitat.com/2009/07/29/the-citadel-europes-first-floating-apartment-complex/
 luxury yachts: http://www.inhabitat.com/2009/06/09/code-xs-solar-powered-yacht-the-ultimate-hybrid-luxury-boat/
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