Well, we may not be able to perform the miraculous feat of walking on water. But the time has come when we sure can live on it! Architects around the world have been pushing the boundaries of innovation and design, and today we have high-tech, beautiful homes that stand proud on the water’s surface. Being surrounded by water 24/7 may not be everyone’s idea of comfortable living, but it certainly offers a unique experience. Here are some of the best floating house in the world.
1. Watervilla de Omval, Netherlands
Constructed by Dutch architects, +31 Architects, this spectacular house sits upon the river Amstel in the Netherlands. The living area and kitchen is at water level and there are also cabins below the water line. The aim was to create a boat with an open floor plan.
2. Exbury Egg, Beaulieu River, Southern England
This visually interesting structure is called the Exbury Egg and the brainchild of artist Stephen Turner, who wanted to create an energy efficient workspace for himself. It is registered as a boat and it floats and rocks with the tide. The artist hopes to emphasize the issue of climate change with his innovative home.
4. Lake Huron, Canada
Designed by MOS Architects, this house is on Lake Huron in Ontario. It has an area of 186 sq. meters and employs unique construction methods to enable it to adapt to the unusual conditions. Steel pontoons support the structure from beneath and the house itself was constructed separately on the frozen lake and secured to the base.
5. Powell Lake, British Columbia
This traditional home has a simple construction and is one and a half storeys high. The base is made with steel cables and huge logs that are held together with railroad spikes, hydraulic jacks and winches. While the rest of the home may appear simple, it is the support base that bears some complex construction. This home even has a vegetable garden!
This neat little 2-wheel caravan can be attached to the back of your car and taken along on vacations. It’s built compact and sturdy, and is so versatile that it can even sit on water.
8. Muskoka Boathouse, Canada
Architect Christopher Simmonds is behind this remodel of an old boathouse. The floating house is located on Muskoka Lake in Ontario and has two levels. The design is earthy and simple, and the interiors too encompass the theme of minimalistic living. The home even has a guest suite.
10. Freedom Ship
This one’s an entire floating city! The ambitious and expensive project aims to house 50,000 residents, 30,000 visitors, hospitals, parks, schools and also an airport. The Freedom Ship will sail from one country to another in two-year cycles and will spend most of the year anchored off major cities in the world.
11. Floating Village, Vietnam
The Halong Bay floating village in Vietnam doesn’t even have stilts for support. It floats right on top of the water! There are about a thousand locals who live on the bay and because their livelihood depends on catching fish, this unique village is extremely functional as well.
13. Tropical Island Paradise
The floating home concept taken to a whole new level! This sophisticated vessel is a giant yacht and a private island. Sunbathe on the extendable deck or relax in any of the guest cabanas. There’s even a pool and of course, even a volcano to complete the island experience!
14. Fennel House, Portland
Renowned architect, Robert Oshatz, designed this eco-friendly residence. Elegant and energy efficient, this home sits beautifully on Oregon’s Willamette River.