Stow away on this stylish, minimalist floating hotel in London

September 7, 2018 by  
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If you’re looking for a more unique place to lay your head on your next trip to London , look no further than the Boathouse London , a stylish floating hotel docked on a city canal. Created in partnership with home design brand Made , this bespoke botel and event space on the water was fashioned as “an industrial-style barge turned contemporary bolthole” with help from interior designer Katie Hanton. Kitted out in Scandinavian-inspired style, the chic getaway comes with customizable experiences, from a boat driver who can steer you around the canals to a special dinner prepared by a local chef. Spanning 60 feet wide and constructed by local boat builders, the barge cuts a contemporary silhouette compared to its more traditional canal boat cousins. In contrast to its sleek black exterior, the botel interior is warm and cozy with reclaimed wood paneling throughout and an airy, open-plan layout. A neutral color palette dressed in furniture by Made and peppered with greenery creates inviting and relaxed vibes. Guests also have the opportunity to enjoy the outdoors with a generously sized deck above or with the provided bicycles and rowboat. The bathroom and bedroom are tucked in the rear of the boat . The minimalist living area comes with a kitchen, snug dining area (additional seating can be found on the deck) and a lounge with a sofa that can be converted into a second bed. The Boathouse London is currently docked in London’s first floating park near Little Venice atop Grand Union Canal in Paddington Basin, about a five-minute walk from Edgware Road tube station. Related: Floating lantern-like church and community hub may set sail on London’s canals “We’re hugely excited to be working with Made.com, and we couldn’t ask for a better fit — our aim is to create a range of beautifully designed, stylish, modern spaces on the water, each with their own individual twist — and breaking away from the traditional idea of a canal boat,” explained CEO and Founder Cara Louise Furby. Prices for The Boathouse London start at £220 per night with breakfast and Wi-Fi included. + The Boathouse London Images via The Boathouse London

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Antony Gibbon’s Flux House is a modern-day moat

March 19, 2018 by  
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Architect Antony Gibbon  has unveiled yet another incredible structure – this one designed for a future world where homes float on water . The circular Flux House features two rings of thin timber panels , equally spaced around the frame in order to illuminate the interior with a soft diffusion of natural light. Four walkways provide access to the home, which has a large swimming pool at its center. The main house is designed to sit upon a large body of water, creating the effect of a modern-day moat. The timber slats in the facade not only let in natural light, but allow for light to reflect off the water and into the structure. Related: Antony Gibbon’s Lucent House is a serene minimalist retreat made of glass and stone The interior maintains the home’s  circular shape , with the living and dining areas on one side and the bedrooms on the other. The swimming pool, accessible from any room, serves as the focal point of the building. The Flux House design is conceptual at the moment, but, like most of Antony Gibbon’s designs , it could very well be used as a private home or off-grid resort. + Antony Gibbon Images via Antony Gibbons

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Paris’ first floating hotel opens on the River Seine

July 4, 2016 by  
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OFF is moored at the foot of Austerlitz station in an up-and-coming location for modern design. The blissful floating inn is located within walking distance of the Notre Dame cathedral and Hôtel de Ville. The hotel has 54 rooms and 4 suites, costing between €160-450 ($171-483 USD) per night. Related: Aqua Mekong is a floating hotel that travels the rivers of Vietnam The lodgings are decked out with bright colors that mimic the sun’s reflection off the Parisian waters. Guests can enjoy sunbathing at the plunge pool or dining at the bar with a panoramic view of the river. OFF is perfect for recuperating after a day of city exploration or a day of lounging riverside in modern luxury. + OFF Via urdesign Images via OFF

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Florida declares state of emergency due to gigantic algae bloom

July 4, 2016 by  
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Last week, counties in southern Florida declared a state of emergency after being overtaken by a thick layer of green algae resembling “chunky guacamole.” Millions of dollars are thought to have been lost over the holiday weekend, and toxins released from dying algae could continue to poison locals for months. Lake Okeechobee is the site of the bloom, where four surrounding counties have been overrun with the blue-green stuff since May, reports The Verge . Governor Rick Scott announced a state of emergency for Martin and St. Lucie counties, due to the rising levels of toxins in the waterways. When the algae dies it releases microcystin – a toxin that can cause headaches, vomiting, diarrhea, coughing, and pneumonia through acute exposure. Related: Abandoned factory in China becomes a giant floating field of fish and algae The federal Army Corps of Engineers are in charge of managing the lake, which has proven quite a challenge. Higher than average rainfall has made it difficult to control the Herbert Hoover Dike, forcing the Corps to discharge excess water into surrounding estuaries. The runoff created a perfect environment for algae growth to explode. Only recently has the Corps slowed the release of excess waters, out of fear of putting undue stress on the dam. According to The Washington Post , Governor Scott is blaming the bloom on a lack of federal funding for dam repairs. Several local beaches have been closed to the public, creating a major loss in revenue over the holiday weekend and beyond. Time will uncover just how severe the economic damages have been, as well as the health issues for local residents. Via The Verge Images via Flickr ( 1 , 2 )

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Floating catamaran hotels are perfect for a low-impact getaway

April 5, 2016 by  
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This project, developed by Salt & Water design studio, aims at promoting low-impact tourism on inland waters. Consisting of small, floating catamarans, the floating hotel is a perfect solution for tourism without any violation of the natural harmony of the place itself. Floating hotel consists of two different parts – a central floating base and multiple apartment catamaran units. The central floating construction consists of reception, restaurant, event hall, offices for staff and a café). Each apartment is an innovatively-designed catamaran which can be easily separated from the dock and navigated, allowing guests to choose the perfect location for their vacation. Each catamaran consists of a salon, a galley, a bathroom, a hall with storage space and a sleeping area. The main idea is to allow users to enjoy their visit through a navigation at a very slow speed and with an uninterrupted view of the nature around. For this reason the catamarans have this unusual shape with large windows in the front. Catamarans-apartments can be considered as “frames of the nature” – connecting the guests with the water and the sky and isolating them from the everyday’s stress. The design won the Millennium Yacht Design Award . + Salt and Water The article above was submitted to us by an Inhabitat reader. Want to see your story on Inhabitat ? Send us a tip by following this link. Remember to follow our instructions carefully to boost your chances of being chosen for publishing!

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BIG and Heatherwick unveil scaled-down designs for Google’s Mountain View HQ

April 5, 2016 by  
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Floatel: An Off-Grid Floating Tent Retreat with All the Creature Comforts of Home

January 22, 2014 by  
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The Floatel by Architecture HLM is an entirely off the grid retreat. Designed as a floating tent , Floatel can be deployed anywhere there is calm water. Standard features include a master suite with off-the0shelf battery powered LED lights , a fire pit for both cooking and warmth, mosquito netting and a small kitchenette with powder room and additional storage. Photovoltaic arrays can be added for battery recharge. + Architecture HLM The article above was submitted to us by an Inhabitat reader. Want to see your story on Inhabitat ? Send us a tip by following this link . Remember to follow our instructions carefully to boost your chances of being chosen for publishing! Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Architecture HLM , floatel , floating hotel , floating tent , floating tent hotel , glamping , tent hotel        

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Explore the Amazon River in Style Aboard Aqua Expeditions’ Floating Eco-Hotel

November 6, 2012 by  
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World’s “First Floating Village” Unveiled by Baca Architects and ZM Architecture Design for Glasgow

September 18, 2012 by  
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Baca Architects and ZM Architecture have teamed up with Floating Concepts to design what has been dubbed the world’s first “ floating leisure village ” at Canting Docks in Glasgow . The Scottish city—in which the docklands once served as a major industrial hub—has seen significant urban renewal in recent years and the mixed-use floating development could add to the city’s appeal. Plans for the location , which lies just off the River Clyde, include a boat-sharing facility, an 80-100 room pod hotel, single-family homes as well as a cafe and theater— much of which will utilize renewable energy . Read the rest of World’s “First Floating Village” Unveiled by Baca Architects and ZM Architecture Design for Glasgow Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: aquatecture , Baca Architects , boat sharing , canting basin , clyde waterfront development , eco-tourism , eco-travel , floating concepts , floating hotel , floating house , floating leisure village , floating urban quarter , glasgow , pacific quay , pod hotel , river clyde , roof-top theater , Scotland , urban revival , Zm Architecture

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2013 Ford Fusion Hybrid Rated as America’s Most Fuel-Efficient Midsize Sedan

September 18, 2012 by  
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This fall Ford is releasing an all-new 2013 Ford Fusion – and the vehicle was just rated by the EPA as the most fuel-efficient midsize sedan in America with fuel economy scores of 47 mpg city, 47 mpg highway and 47 mpg combined. The EPA’s rating of 47 mpg means that the new Fusion Hybrid is more fuel-efficient than its closest competitor, the Toyota Camry Hybrid , by 8 mpg highway and 4 mpg city. Read the rest of 2013 Ford Fusion Hybrid Rated as America’s Most Fuel-Efficient Midsize Sedan Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: ford , Ford EcoBoost , ford fusion , ford fusion energi , ford fusion hybrid , ford hybrid , green car , green transportation , hybrid car , plug-in hybrid car

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