These tiny floating house designs are the green solution our planet needs!

Global warming is no longer a myth lurking in the background – it is our reality and its effects are being felt around the world, the latest being the series of heat waves hitting the United States and the United States. Canada as we speak. Small homes are the trend in many ways – from reducing the amount of space needed, in terms of people and bustling cities, to increasing the portability of living space. The increase in working from home has reconnected us with our urge to travel and has proven that the quality of work does not depend on our office space. The tiny homes featured here range from futuristic designs to innovative, sustainable solutions that float to protect you, whether it’s pollution or sea level rise!

The idea of ​​the Ocean Community ship is to extend the coastline of a city. By not existing more than 800 meters from the coast of a town, residents of the ocean community can easily travel to town to access facilities and enjoy normal city life before returning to their seaside homes. the sea. “The creation of these new structures will serve as fully functional living spaces connected to existing land infrastructure so that new ocean communities become a natural extension of coastal cities,” explains Morsztyn, designer of the Ocean Community concept.

The Z-Triton electric barge was created to serve as an alternative to the traditional motorhome. It’s comfortable enough to accommodate two adults for a weekend getaway, and the choice of land or water is up to travelers. The amphibious nature of the modern motorhome fits into the flexible lifestyle we lead today, especially since air travel is not the order of the day. This opens up many avenues for local travel to less popular / quirky places. The durable barge is 3.6 meters in length, 1.2 meters in width and 1.55 meters.

Anthénea is a UFO-shaped aquatic suite made in France by seasoned designers, engineers and naval architects, whose vision was to create a nomadic vessel for eco-conscious tourists. It is a project born from the dreams of Jean-Michel Ducancelle, naval architect, who was inspired by the floating basket of James Bond in “The spy who loved me” (1977). The 50m² pod has three living areas – a living area, a sleeping area and a lounge area which has a 360 ° solarium on its roof for 12 people. All interior items are made entirely from durable materials. Anthénea adapts to a wide temperature range (-30 ° C to + 40 ° C), and its stabilizing ballast prevents seasickness! The coasts are often overloaded with tourism, and Anthénea offers an ecological way to lighten this load while promoting sustainable travel, which is our ultimate future.

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This eco-floating hotel in Qatar raises the bar for eco-friendly travel and tourism! Powered by wind and solar power, it also has tidal sustainability mechanisms and a revolving restaurant to give you ALL of the best views. Designed by Hayri Atak Architectural Design Studio (HAADS), the hotel would cover more than 35,000 m² (376,000 square feet) and house 152 rooms. The giant donut-shaped glass structure has a lush green cover built into its exterior and a fascinating interior waterfall with a huge vortex-shaped glass roof. Sustainability is at the heart of this project, and all the design details are centered around it. For example, the vortex shape of the roof will actually be used to collect rainwater for irrigation and more, while solar panels + wind turbines will provide clean energy.

According to NASA, the Maldives are arguably the lowest country with an average elevation of just 3.3 feet above sea level, meaning the island republic will soon have to rely on housing alternatives. sustainable. The archipelago nation of the Indian Ocean has 1190 islands, and 1000 are said to be submerged at the current rate of sea level rise. This project is called Maldives Floating City (MFC) and will be built just minutes from the capital Malé. . The team comes from a Dutch studio Dutch Docklands, a world renowned leader in floating infrastructure. The shape of MFC will be a series of rows of hexagonal honeycomb-shaped mazes inspired by Brain Coral. It will feature thousands of waterfront residences floating along a flexible and functional grid across a 200 hectare lagoon. The floating row system is anchored to a ring of islands which form the base and stabilizing separation wall of all structures – this was the main reason why MFC was placed in an ideally suited small lagoon.

This two story home made from shipping container materials and Sapele wood is designed to rise and fall with natural sea level changes as we battle climate change. Kairu is a variation of the Japanese word for frog which is a homage to the water-based house. The region is still recovering from Hurricane Sandy even after a decade and could use innovative reconstruction. This is where Kairu House comes in as an affordable, sustainable and resilient home. It will become the main residence of the founder and main architect of Rekstur and his family. The main building is made up of two 40-foot-high sea containers. Reused containers are cut in half (diagonally) and stacked on top to create separate floors. The two steel sectional barges were welded together to create a unique platform for the house moored in a local marina.

Forget about waterfront desks, what about an office literally on the water? Think of Enclaves as the office meets the lazy river (productivity levels are not included with the structure). Remote working and the flexible lifestyle have seen a boom thanks to the pandemic, which has led to many innovative designs like this floating office pod which is a low impact concept offering the best views with maximum visibility. privacy to focus. Designer Agnieszka Białek who made this zen desk module is a graduate of the Academy of Fine Arts in Krakow, Poland, which explains the quaint theme. Białek was inspired by her usual pandemic walks (which have been the highlight of all of our lives) along the Vistula and thought how cool it would be to have floating coworking spaces that would have no imprint on Earth. You will need to use a kayak to get to the pod, effectively eliminating any disturbance from people. Pods will be designed to be active day and night and can be rented by the hour to host meetings, change scenery, or just enter a deep focus area!

Designed by Dutch architect Marlies Rohmer, Waterbuurt is leading the way as a water-based solution for Holland’s modern housing needs. The Netherlands actually means “the lowland country”, indicating the country’s proximity to water. In fact, much of the country’s land is either below sea level or just slightly above it. In order to keep up with the current of the approaching tide and avoid the influx of people into urban centers, Waterbuurt adapts to the rise in sea level and regains calm away from the congestion of the city. When completed, 18,000 homes will include Waterbuurt, but so far more than 100 of them are floating on piers. The houses, which are permanently attached to moorings reinforced by steel pylons, resemble attractive shipping containers and share appearances more with land-based dwellings than the familiar barges dotted along Amsterdam‘s canals.

Given the accelerating rise in global sea level, the islands of Copenhagen are just the beginning of how urban design will adapt to climate change by optimizing water bodies as sustainably as possible. “Renewing the proud traditions of Danish port life, strengthening social cohesion and raising awareness of maritime life in and around the port,” explains Studio Fokstrot, explaining the idea behind the floating parks. The islands are suitable for activities and allow visitors to boating, swimming, kayaking, picnics, shows, events, etc. These programs can also be customized for the seasons – summer is when the islands will dock with each other to create space for water activities while in winter the islands will come together for more engaging performances.

The Lilypad is a luxury villa designed by Chuck Anderson and anchored just north of Palm Beach in Sydney. Anderson is passionate about boats, so it’s no surprise that he created a houseboat! This beautiful Airbnb is also eco-friendly, it is fully solar powered and is slowly helping us move towards sustainable travel. The exterior of the house is made of wood and includes an open plan living room, wine cellar, mezzanine, and of course a bathroom (for whatever wine we will be consuming after quarantine while on vacation!). To feel good you have outside dining area (meaning you can eat your food while enjoying the breeze and sun when you step out in the cool again) and a sunbathing area on the lower level which also has an expansive deck.

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