A solar-powered houseboat designed for the water-loving adventurer

March 8, 2019 by  
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Marked by a stunning contemporary design normally reserved for land-based structures, +31Architects ‘ latest houseboat is simply spectacular. The Amsterdam-based company, which specialize in floating constructions, has truly outdone itself with the Nature Cruiser, a motorized houseboat equipped with hybrid electric drive and solar panels. The Nature Cruiser was commissioned by a German adventurer and entrepreneur who requested a motorized houseboat that would allow him to sail over lakes and rivers. Additionally, the floating home had to be just that, a modern living space that would provide the ultimate in comfort while exploring the world’s most exotic waterways. Related: Energy-neutral luxury houseboat floats in Haarlem waters Accordingly, the designers created a 15-meter-long cruiser with a slender shape punctuated with various large windows. These windows not only provide stunning views of the surroundings, but also allow natural light to brighten the interior spaces. The floor plan is comprised of a large living room, a bedroom, a bathroom and an expansive rooftop terrace. A semi-covered front and back deck provide additional space to sit and take in the views. The beautiful interior design scheme is contemporary and sleek, with warm wood panels used to clad the floors, walls and ceilings. Minimalist, Scandinavian-inspired furnishings create a cozy, inviting space. The innovative houseboat was also designed to be self-sufficient and to minimize waste. Solar panels and solar collectors are installed on the roof to generate energy and provide warm water. The Nature Cruiser also operates with a hybrid electric drive. Its integrated water and sewer systems are aimed at using water from lakes and rivers. The water is purified through the boat’s systems and then stored in a water tank. +31Architects Images via +31Architects

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England’s First Floating Village Coming Soon to East London’s Royal Docks

July 25, 2014 by  
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Faced with rising sea levels, would you consider a move onto the water? Soon, a community of Londoners will have exactly that option. dRMM Architects has won the Royal Docks competition to design England’s first floating village. London Mayor Boris Johnson revealed a consortium including Carillion Igloo Genesis and Buro Happold who will together transform 15 acres of water just east of the Emirates Airline. Read the rest of England’s First Floating Village Coming Soon to East London’s Royal Docks Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Boris Johnson , dRMM , dRMM de Rijke Marsh Morgan Architects , England , Floating Houses , living on water , London , London floating village , London’s first floating house , prefab design , prefabricated floating village , rising sea levels , water homes London

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One9: Nine-Story Prefab Apartment Tower was Installed in Just Five Days

July 25, 2014 by  
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Read the rest of One9: Nine-Story Prefab Apartment Tower was Installed in Just Five Days Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: 6 star energy rating , hickory group , Nonda Katsalidis , one9 , one9 apartment , one9 apartment tower , prefab architecture , prefab modules , prefab tower , prefabricated technology , Sustainable Building , unitised building system

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