Gallery: Solar-Powered Floating Island is an Off-Shore Green Retreat

While original, this setup is both extraordinarily expensive and impractical - but hey we’re on vacation.
While original, this setup is both extraordinarily expensive and impractical - but hey we’re on vacation.

OK, we’ve seen concepts like this for years now – round floating retreats complete with a transparent room in the belly to see all the fish swim by. The idea is certainly appealing considering the fact that the world’s rising oceans make on-shore resorts a bit tenuous. Puzzolante takes the issue of raising oceans more seriously with his interpretation, as the SFR is a fully self-supporting design. The ship features a thin-film solar skin applied to a lightweight balsa-reinforced fiberglass hull. The round shape of the vessel provides constant exposure to the sun, feeding batteries during daylight hours to supply clean energy through the night.

The interior skin is also layered in dye-sensitized thin-film PV to absorb artificial light at night, creating a 30mm vacuum with the outer layer. While original, this setup is both extraordinarily expensive and impractical – but hey we’re on vacation.

The 110 square meter deck provides plenty of room for private amenities for six guests. The interior is cleverly laid out to provide both quiet niches and grand views. For instance, the attached baths have a space-saving water closet hanging off the tub. The core of the space is a large kitchen and bar, with a center spiral staircase leading down to the observation bulb. The lowest room lets guests indulge in a bit of extreme underwater tourism.

+ Michele Puzzolante

Via Yanko Designs


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  1. Lars Lyngholm July 20, 2015 at 11:22 am

    can you send me more info for this and price
    br lars

  2. Brian Dinelli March 22, 2015 at 2:53 pm

    Hello everyone and thanks for all your comments. my name is Brian Dinelli and I am the Director of Business Development for the above SFR project and much more. If you like more information on this wonderful floating island, please email me at;

    I would be happy to answer any questions for you.

    Update; We have selected key points throughout the world to commence this project and the first 3 locations most likely will be in Maldvies, Indonesia, Phillpines to start.

  3. beejon19 April 7, 2014 at 6:29 pm

    How much is this solar powered floating island????

  4. staceyk66 March 24, 2014 at 2:51 pm

    Please advise of pricing and availability. How do we get one?

  5. carmenmaria March 5, 2014 at 4:48 pm

    Please send more information. Thank you.

  6. Sam Brandaux August 3, 2013 at 12:56 pm

    Where are these currently available ? Is there a crew on board during a stay ?

  7. nightowl452002 December 25, 2012 at 4:47 am

    Please Tell me how much one of these solar powered floating Islands wouls cost, Do you finance do I have to build it my self.

  8. Brutus October 13, 2012 at 1:58 am

    Where is the pricing? Some top secret outrageous price, Or do you want to actually sell these?………….;o/

  9. misscris July 6, 2012 at 2:45 pm

    Cool, but where’s the third bedroom? Or are two people supposed to sleep on the couch in this six people accommodation? Yeah, a bit pedantic, but it irritated me to the point of flicking through the pics three times!

  10. Lebensgenieser June 27, 2012 at 6:32 am

    Gute de ,doch noch ein wenig ausgereift ;der schwerpunkt liegt zu hoch ;die form ist gut ,doch sollt sie besser einen Tropfen form haben um es auch zu steuern können und sich damit zu bewegen
    Ansonsten eineg ute konseption mal als anstos zum tenken ;Perfekt

  11. aarondood June 21, 2012 at 11:14 pm

    well obviously this is a concept.. anyone can design and add anything

  12. David Rooney June 1, 2012 at 4:40 am

    OMG! Isn’t this really a boat? How does it get out to sea?!

  13. alejandro71 May 31, 2012 at 11:18 pm

    Where is the BBQ? How an I going to cook all the fish I catch?

  14. lolliedotcom May 30, 2012 at 11:55 pm

    There’s not enough closet space. True. But then, there never is, is there. No. Never. But still, no closets? Not one? No. Not one. What a great houseboat for the nudists in one’s life. Am i right? lol Yes. Absolutely.

  15. Rolly May 30, 2012 at 7:08 pm

    Want one! How much?

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