Posted By Jill Fehrenbacher On June 7, 2005 @ 4:03 pm In Architecture,Prefab Housing,Sustainable Building | 6 Comments
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.
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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 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: http://www.vineetsc.com/wp_inhabitat/wordpress/?p=161
 Giancarlo Zema: http://www.giancarlozema.com/
 The Cool Hunter: http://www.thecoolhunter.net/2005/05/living-in-paradise.html
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