Floating Houses

England’s First Floating Village Coming Soon to East London’s Royal Docks

England’s First Floating Village Coming Soon to East London’s Royal Docks

Faced with rising sea levels, would you consider a move onto the water? Soon, a community of Londoners will have exactly that option. dRMM Architects has won the Royal Docks competition to design

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Affordable Solar-Powered Floating Village Planned for Edinburgh

Affordable Solar-Powered Floating Village Planned for Edinburgh

While floating homes have been the norm in the Netherlands for many years, they're just starting to gain in popularity in the UK. Houseboats are increasingly dotting the Thames in London, and waterborne

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Multi Level DIY Saunalautta Raft Boasts its Own Private Sauna – and You Can Rent it!

Multi Level DIY Saunalautta Raft Boasts its Own Private Sauna – and You Can Rent it!

Finland has a deeply-embedded sauna culture; so much so, in fact, that there are two million saunas in a country that has a population of just 5.3 million people. That's why it makes perfect sense for

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Water Villa: Eco-Luxe Wooden Floating Home in Amsterdam

Water Villa: Eco-Luxe Wooden Floating Home in Amsterdam

Water Villa is clad with vertical western cedar beams that create beautiful geometric patterns across its boxy shell. They represent an abstract illusion of the canal´s water while providing privacy and

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Sustainable Makokos Floating School in Nigeria is Finally Complete

Sustainable Makokos Floating School in Nigeria is Finally Complete

The floating locality of Makoko has around 100,000 habitants, a congregation of fishermen that settled in the area 200 years ago. Dubbed "Africa's Venice," it is situated on a lagoon at the edge of Lagos

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Marinetek Unveils Finland’s First Floating Village!

Marinetek Unveils Finland’s First Floating Village!

The architectural style of the village was inspired by traditional northern boat sheds, which are made of wood and feature black pitched roofs. Currently two floating homes are finished, and once

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Floating Light Park Skyscraper Uses Solar Power and Helium to Hover Above Pollution-Choked Beijing

Floating Light Park Skyscraper Uses Solar Power and Helium to Hover Above Pollution-Choked Beijing

As we've reported in recent weeks, Beijing has been suffering from staggering air pollution. Light Park is designed to provide infrastructure, housing, and commercial and recreational spaces that are free

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Time Circus Builds a Floating Vegetable Garden on an Abandoned Ship Crane in Belgium

Time Circus Builds a Floating Vegetable Garden on an Abandoned Ship Crane in Belgium

Antwerp’s MAS Museum lent the people at Time Circus an old unused crane on which the collective built their cool green space. Anchored at Bonapartedok, the experimental space is designed to engage

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Rotterdam’s Solar-Powered Floating Pavilion is an Experimental Climate-Proof Development

Rotterdam’s Solar-Powered Floating Pavilion is an Experimental Climate-Proof Development

Aiming to be the World Capital of CO2 by reducing fifty per cent its carbon emissions, Rotterdam has ambitious plans to adapt to rising sea levels. The idea is to build a community of floating homes,

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SayBoat is a Minimalist Floating Home Clad With Sustainable Beech Wood in the Czech Republic

SayBoat is a Minimalist Floating Home Clad With Sustainable Beech Wood in the Czech Republic

The design brief called for a home for a couple that could accommodate family on the weekends. Whilst compact enough to drive down the road if the situation calls for it, the interior is surprisingly

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Wolfgang Tschapeller’s St. Joseph House is a Prefab Flood-Resistant Home in Austria

Wolfgang Tschapeller’s St. Joseph House is a Prefab Flood-Resistant Home in Austria

The structure hovers over a shallow pit which can be utilized as a car port or storage space. The 4 supports include a one-legged element, two two-legged ones and one three-legged element that elevates

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Baumraum Creates Self-Sufficient Treehouse Retreat in the Forests of Hechtel-Eksel, Belgium

Baumraum Creates Self-Sufficient Treehouse Retreat in the Forests of Hechtel-Eksel, Belgium

The project is a joint initiative between Sappi, an international paper producer, its communications agency Proximity, the Flemish Forest and Nature Agency and the city of Hechtel-Eksel, Belgium.

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Whim Architects Launch Kickstarter Campaign to Build Self-Sustaining Island Homes from Pacific Plastic Garbage

Whim Architects Launch Kickstarter Campaign to Build Self-Sustaining Island Homes from Pacific Plastic Garbage

Dutch studio Whim Architects has unveiled plans for a floating, self-sustaining home that would respond to rising sea levels—and they hope to construct the island residence from plastic waste currently

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UID Architects’ Stunning Pit House is an Underground Home Sheltered Within a Floating Cedar Box

UID Architects’ Stunning Pit House is an Underground Home Sheltered Within a Floating Cedar Box

UID Architects's main goal for the Pit House was to make the transition between the exterior and interior as seamless as possible. Multiple branch-like columns support the cedar floating box, while the

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Modular AR-CHE Aqua Floathome Enjoys On-The-Lake-Living in Germany

Modular AR-CHE Aqua Floathome Enjoys On-The-Lake-Living in Germany

The AR-CHE Aqua Floathome is the first of several floating houses in the Lusatian Lake District by Steeltec37. This German company specializes in steel design for modular buildings on both land and water.

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Olson Kundig Architects’ Prefab Sol Duc Cabin Rests Lightly on Four Stilts

Olson Kundig Architects’ Prefab Sol Duc Cabin Rests Lightly on Four Stilts

The Sol Duc Cabin is the latest project to come from the office of Inhabitat favorite, Olson Kundig Architects. Located in the Olympic Peninsula, Washington, this small retreat is perfect for taking

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Floating Pool Could Clean the Water in Prague’s Vltava River

Floating Pool Could Clean the Water in Prague’s Vltava River

The floating circular pool would be located in the middle of the river - close to the islands, but before the spillway. Only accessible by boat, the pool offers recreational space for residents of the

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Modular Floating Homes by Isola System Leave an Ultralight Footprint

Modular Floating Homes by Isola System Leave an Ultralight Footprint

Have you ever wanted to live on water, but don't see yourself  swinging an anchor over a boat's hull? Isola System has created a new and simple  floating housing solution that allows you to build up a

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Dutchman Builds Massive Ark to Save the Netherlands From Drowning

Dutchman Builds Massive Ark to Save the Netherlands From Drowning

Inspired by a dream (or in this case nightmare) about a massive flood that wiped out Holland, ambitious native Dutchman Johan Huibers has constructed a full-sized, water-ready ark just like Noah’s. “I

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Amphibious Houses Could Provide A Permanent Solution For Flooding In Thailand

Amphibious Houses Could Provide A Permanent Solution For Flooding In Thailand

The government of Thailand asked the two architecture firms to work on a solution for the increasing problem of flooding in Thailand. In the past, most people in Thailand lived near the river in homes

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Floating “Kaluga” Sauna Sprouts a Tree on Top

Floating “Kaluga” Sauna Sprouts a Tree on Top

Russia's Festival of Landscape Objects saw a flotilla of seaworthy buildings float down the Ugra River to Nikola-Lenivets Village. Among the visionary houses was a beautifully-finished floating sauna,

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WATERSTUDIO’S AMPHIBIOUS HOUSES

WATERSTUDIO’S AMPHIBIOUS HOUSES

Leave it to the Dutch to come up with “amphibious houses” – a concept that makes sense in a landscape where solid ground is yearly sinking. Residents and planners are looking into the

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