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The Last Resort: A Solar Powered Floating Home
Posted By Bridgette Meinhold On April 21, 2010 @ 1:00 am In Architecture,Floating Houses,Sustainable Building | 2 Comments
Living on the water is a dream for many — fortunately, this design for a solar-powered  floating home may soon see open water! Brought to you by the same designers who came up with the futuristic bicycle sharing system for Copenhagen , RAFAA Architecture & Designs  have conceived of a mobile floating home called The Last Resort . The design recently won a competition, and with funding underway the team expects to begin fabrication on these sleek water homes by the end of the year.
The floating home  is about 5 meters wide and 15 meters long with two levels. Sleeping bunks, mechanical equipment and hatches are on the lower level and the upper level contains living space, a kitchen, a bathroom and two bedrooms. In total there are six beds and a sliding panel helps close off the rooms for more privacy. Vertical blinds on the facade act as shading devices  for the interior as well as a privacy system. Stairs lead up to the roof, which serves as an extra deck, and roof-integrated solar panels  generate electricity for the two electric engines that propel the home.
RAFAA entered their design for mobile floating architecture in a design competition organized by the Internationale Bauausstellung  in Germany. They recently brought home first prize, and construction on several of these houses is expected to begin by the end of the year. The homes were designed for Lusatian Lakeland and the form of the homes was actually inspired by the waterfront. We’re looking forward seeing these efficient floating comes come to life.
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 Image: http://inhabitat.com/2010/04/21/the-last-resort-a-solar-powered-floating-home/the-last-resort-by-rafaa-5/
 solar-powered: http://inhabitat.com/2010/02/26/worlds-largest-solar-powered-boat-unveiled/
 futuristic bicycle sharing system for Copenhagen: http://inhabitat.com/2010/03/22/a-high-tech-bike-share-plan-for-copenhagen/
 RAFAA Architecture & Designs: http://www.rafaa.ch/
 The Last Resort: http://www.rafaa.ch/rafaa/last_resort.html
 floating home: http://inhabitat.com../tag/floating-home/
 shading devices: http://www.inhabitat.com/2010/03/29/fincube-eco-home-packs-panoramic-views-into-a-tiny-footprint/
 roof-integrated solar panels: http://inhabitat.com/2009/11/12/triangular-tech-center-incorporates-green-roof-and-solar-panels/
 Internationale Bauausstellung: http://www.iba-see.de/de/
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