For those of you out there who have Jacques Cousteau fantasies, a semi-submerged floating house may be just the thing you need. Italian architect Giancarlo Zema specializes in marine aquatic architecture and currently offers two different types of floating, semi-submerged houses that are designed to be docked in atolls and sheltered bays so that the inhabitants can spend their leisure time viewing underwater sea life.

The Trilobis (above), named after the Trilobyte, is a 20 mt long non-polluting, self-sufficient harbour yacht meant for cruising reefs. Electricity for the craft is supplied by solar power. Photovoltaic panels are integrated into a foam-cored fiberglass skin, which provide power during the day. At night and on cloudy days power is provided by batteries. The underwater bit sits 3.0 meters belwo sea-level, has a transparent observation room which allows unfettered view of marine life. Due to the shape of the Trilobis, is can be arrange in circular colonies.

The Jellyfish is a similar to the Trilobis, but is more of a floating house than a yacht. It is also intended for 6 people, and has 5 different levels, most of which are above water. The bottom level is completely submerged and has a marine observation room.

These are hot, but before I start planning my ocean retirement, what I want to know is how many of these have actually been built, and are there any real photographs of them out there?

Via The Cool Hunter


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  1. Seun Badaki June 19, 2011 at 8:03 am

    It so intresting to see this submarine house. funny enough,I am working on my final year project titled: underwater clubhouse, with an emphasis on marine architecture.I think they are similarities between the submarine house and my project.

  2. Palmyra April 11, 2011 at 6:11 am

    How is waste disposal handled? Would the home hook into an onshore system or is there on-board processing?

  3. anitameskar July 1, 2009 at 6:31 am

    Wats a Bionic house?? i wud lik to know d details..

  4. manujarch June 16, 2008 at 10:50 am

    Designed a bionic house in India. Buyer preferred to go to US so I couldn’t finish the work.

  5. Alex Hinds October 13, 2005 at 10:45 am

    Hello, this is a really great idea. I’m an architecture student and am currently studying for my dissertation which happens to be about the possibilities of building in the sea. Have these floating houses actually been built or are they just an idea? If so I?d also be interested in seeing some photos!

  6. Nick Wolfe August 18, 2005 at 5:51 pm

    This is pretty awesome. Is this really something for sale?

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