Incredible net-zero floating home cleans the water around it

February 5, 2018 by  
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What if a home could improve the environment around it? That’s the question architect Michelle Lanker of Lanker Design LLC and her ecologist husband Bill Bloxom put to the test when they designed their new getaway—a floating home docked on Washington’s Lake Union that’s not only net-zero and certified LEED Platinum, but also improves water quality and biodiversity. Dubbed Houseboat H, this stunning sustainable home boasts a bevy of eco-friendly elements from material choices and renewable energy sources to its use of floating islands to create new aquatic habitats. Sustainability and symbiosis are at the heart of Houseboat H. Powered by solar and designed for minimal energy use, this net-zero home floats above a series of floating islands specially designed to improve water quality. Buoyant planters made of recycled plastic house native plants that form root systems to purify the water and encourage fish habitats. The growing aquatic habitats can be observed from a large window in the basement float of the home. In addition to the recycled plastics in the planters, thoughtful material choice can be seen throughout the home, most notably in the old-growth cedar logs used in the interior that were salvaged from Michelle and Bill’s original, century-old houseboat destroyed in a fire. Durable materials were carefully selected, like the plastic laminate for the cabinets and counters as well as the cement fiberboard for exterior cladding. The use of cedar and bamboo in the home lend a sense of warmth to the light-filled interior. Related: Rusting 1950s cargo ship transformed into a stunning modern floating home Natural lighting and beautiful Seattle skyline views are welcomed indoors through large triple-glazed windows that often span floor to ceiling. To minimize energy loss, the walls and roof are filled with spray foam insulation at maximum insulation thicknesses. A small green roof also aids in insulation. A 5.43-kW solar array attached to the standing seam metal roof powers the home’s LED fixtures, low-energy appliances, and water heater (with a 80 gallon storage tank) for the hydronic radiant floor system. A heat exchanger is also installed to collect heat from the lake. + Lanker Design LLC Images via Lanker Design LLC

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BIG unveils floating mixed-use building for Amsterdam with cascading zero-energy apartments

November 29, 2016 by  
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Just when you think green design has grown stagnant, Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG) comes around with a groundbreaking new scheme that turns architecture upside down. Excited to finally work in Amsterdam, BIG and Barcode Architects have unveiled their Sluishuis design, a floating mixed-use building that offers a variety of incredible amenities, including cascading green terraces, floating gardens, and 380 zero-energy apartments. BIG describes Sluishuis as a classical courtyard building that allows residents to totally embrace living on the water. The building is intended to become an iconic landmark, offering places to dwell, walk, and explore. In addition to the terraced main building, a promenade creates an archipelago of islands, according to BIG, that include floating gardens and a sailing school. Related: Self-sustaining solar-powered houseboats in Abu Dhabi are cheaper than rent Residents and visitors will be able to move around the complex by foot and by boat. There will be spaces to dock houseboats at Sluishuis, and a public passage along the building will lead up to a viewing platform where visitors can enjoy the scenery of IJ Lake. The building even rises up one one side to create a gateway for ships on the river; Bjarke Ingels describes it as “a building inside the port, with a port inside the building.” BIG says the silhouette of the building will change as a person walks around it. “At one vantage point it appears as the bow of a ship that reflects the water below; at another a vertical green community that invites visitors to engage directly with it; and finally as a true urban block with street access and city liveliness that is to be enjoyed by residents, neighbors, and the rest of Amsterdam.” Sluishuis will be part of the emerging IJburg Steigereiland district in Amsterdam on IJ Lake. The winning design by BIG and Barcode Architects was selected from a pool of four finalists; construction companies VORM and BESIX will lead the project’s development. Collaborating with BIG and Barcode Architects on Sluishuis are Bosch Slabbers , ABT , Van Rossum , Buro Bouwfysica , and Klimaatgarant . We absolutely can not wait to see this design come alive. + Bjarke Ingels Group + Barcode Architects Images courtesy of Bjarke Ingels Group

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Ikea to transform an iconic Sydney Harbor ferry into a cozy houseboat

September 28, 2016 by  
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Ikea Australia is hosting a contest on Facebook to choose one lucky winner (and a friend) to spend the night in “the ultimate Ikea Harbour Home,” a ferry-turned-houseboat appointed throughout with items sold in Ikea stores. The global retailer of flat-pack furniture will transform an iconic ferry in Sydney Harbor into a cozy houseboat where two Ikea fans will enjoy a night of sightseeing, Snapchatting, and probably some Swedish meatballs. The contest is open to entries until October 5, 2016. This is not the first outlandish contest giveaway hosted by Ikea Australia. The chain held a previous stunt in 2014, wherein a contest winner was awarded with the opportunity to sleep in an Ikea store for one night. (These days, you can simply  rent a night in one of Australia’s Ikea stores via Airbnb.) Although anyone who has been lost in the maze of an Ikea store for more than a few hours can relate to the desire to curl up in the bedroom department for a nap, the chance to spend the night in an Ikea-decorated ferry is on a whole other level. This new contest requires entrants to upload a photo or video (or simply tell Ikea a story) that illustrates “what you love about your life at home” in exchange for a chance at a memorable night floating in Sydney Harbor. Sounds fair. Related: Now you can finally sleep in an Ikea store Ikea hasn’t performed the transformation yet, but the cartoonish mockup released hints at a layout somewhat resembling a cozy hotel room or studio apartment. The space will almost certainly including multiple lounging options in the form of Ikea’s compact sofas, a small dining area, and of course, a bed. The contest is open only to Australian permanent residents over 18 years of age, and Ikea has made it clear that this is contest is a game of skill, not chance. The winner will be chosen based on the creativity and quality of their entry submission, as well as the results of interviews with finalists. Via Design Taxi Images via Wikipedia and Ikea Australia

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Century-old boat is transformed into a tiny solar-powered floating home

June 10, 2016 by  
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Originally built to break through iced-over canals and provide safe passage to working boats, Liz dates back to 1908 and was found in the waterways of the former coal mining regions in Northern England. The boat started as an empty shell and was overhauled to create a contemporary and comfortable interior that looks surprisingly more spacious than its 18-square-meter footprint lets on. Monterzino creates this illusion of spaciousness by maximizing natural light , painting the wall white, and creating a long and uninterrupted open-plan layout that extends from bow to stern. Bespoke furnishings also offer space-saving solutions. Related: +31 Architects’ tranquil new houseboat is moored on Amsterdam’s Amstel River Due to historic licenses, the houseboat owner is allowed to cruise freely through the canals and moor at designated areas for up to two weeks at a time. The tiny floating home can even be operated for over two weeks off-grid thanks to high-efficiency insulation, solar panels , and other onboard systems. + Marco Monterzino Via domus Images via Marco Monterzino

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Charming Green Roof and Terrace Tops Modern Light-Filled Houseboat in the Netherlands

June 9, 2014 by  
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David Spurgeon’s Passive Solar Houseboat Conserves Energy in Sausalito

May 28, 2013 by  
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David Spurgeon’s Passive Solar Houseboat Conserves Energy in Sausalito

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Chicago Announces Plans to Roll Out “Divvy” Bike-Sharing Program in June

May 28, 2013 by  
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Hot on the heels of the launch of New York City’s new bike-sharing program , Chicago officials announced this weekend that the Windy City will kick off a bike-sharing program of its own by the end of June. The program, known as “Divvy,” will ultimately include 4,000 bikes that will be parked at 400 solar-powered hubs spread throughout downtown Chicago and the surrounding neighborhoods. At an event this weekend, transportation officials showed off the three-speed Divvy bikes, which will be painted light blue and feature upright handlebars. Read the rest of Chicago Announces Plans to Roll Out “Divvy” Bike-Sharing Program in June Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: bicycle , bike sharing , Bike the Drive , bikes , Chicago bike-sharing , Chicago Divvy Bike , cycling , Divvy , Gabe Klein , green transportation        

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INHABITAT INTERVIEW: Koen Olthuis of WaterStudio.nl Talks About Design for a Water World

April 30, 2011 by  
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In light of all the dire news related to climate change, rising sea levels and the natural disasters which have stricken numerous coastal areas around the world, we here at Inhabitat would like to highlight an interview Inhabitat Editor-in-Chief Jill Fehrenbacher conducted with architect Koen Olthuis of Waterstudio.nl . A studio focused on designing for a future water world, Olthuis has been at the forefront of this once unconventional, yet now timely design vernacular. Olthuis says that despite our civilization’s history of trying to drain and fight against wet landscapes for the past thousand years, our best move for the future would be to “let water in and even make friends with the water.” Read on for the fascinating interview where Olthius describes his what designing for water landscapes worldwide really means.

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Off-Grid Hardanger Retreat Built From On Site Wood Dramatically Overlooks Norwegian Fjord

April 29, 2011 by  
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