On today’s post we’re telling you about a housing system very different from the beaten track. Although this doesn’t mean the lack of luxury and sustainability. We are referring to floating houses.
There are two kinds of existing floating houses, one is fixed kind and the other is mobile kind. Fixed homes are those which we build above an artifitial platform over the sea and mobile ones are those units with motor or boats with a motor that adapts as a home for their inhabitants.
A standard floating house would have a capacity from 2-12 people and a lenght from 7-15 metres.
But, what is the origin of floating houses?
Were them born from the space need? From the taste for a life on board? In fact a mix of both of them.
At the turn XX century, living in a port meant to live into a cargo vessel, in which normally took place activities related to delinquency, organized crime, or those were a shelter for socially excluded people. Nothing similar to a normal and an average life.
Also, the American West Coast piers were used as shelters for temporary workers, although they followed the same path talking about precarious cabins, as these were the only option to avoid the vessel’s plunder and so of gettind rid of the prohibitive prices for a humble worker.
For Europe, since the emergence of Industrial Revolution, the vessels’ traffic for transport of goods and people by the rivers of the main European trading cities and where we see the clearest example nowadays is in the well-known floating houses of Amsterdam.
Although we can’t forget either other focal points as it could be Landwehrkanal in Berlin, from which we could say that it’s literally a floating neighbourhood.
Another mecca for floating houses is Sausalito. By the Golden Gate, the most famous pier of Sausalito Bay is no longer the fishermen area it was during the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s, to become a residential area for professionals of high purchasing power.
Further on, we will place the certain value of what current inhabitants of floating houses appreciate about their home, but first we want to point the differences out according to electricity and water supply from a normal house.
How do they supply themselves?
A current luxury and modern floating house stands itself for the values of sustainability.
For it, all electricity need covers by the means of solar panels placement. Although it’s also true that the most basic floating houses of public lightning to be able to supply itself.
In respect of water supply and consumption there are several available options:
- Obtaining water from mainland, in charging points, and at the same time to use this points to get rid of water wastes that the house generates.
- This other option is the ideal one and the most ecofriendly. Having in the house an own mini treatment plant, which filters and clean it. And so the house only empties to the sea or to the river the water which has been already treated. For water consumption there are two options: collecting rain water and treat it. Ot also to have you own treatment plant to purify the river’s water or to desalinate the sea water.
Why is it a luxury trend to move to a floating house?
Living in a floating house is a good way to hide from the stressing life of a big city . Even if this floating house is in the own city, you enjoy of a centric position, and a perspective of the city that any conventional house could ever give to you.
It perfectly adapts to the current values which the new bueyrs are looking for: luxury, mobility and peace. The new lifestyle based on having the best, during a short period of time to change towards the newest trends. And avoiding that many other factors to stop that life’s rhythm.
The new floating houses are modular constructions, this is, removable and portable houses.
This means if I’ve been for a period of time living in a specific place and I decide to give my life a change of scenery. I could be the following day on the other side of the country or in another country, but in the same house. Whether if I transport it in a truck or in my own ship towards the next port.
Here we leave you 3 of the most amazing floating houses in the world:
Float Home by Designs Northwest Architects, in Dubai.
Floating House by MOS Architects in lake Huron, Canada.
Icebergs from Daniel Andersson in the Åland islands, Finland.
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