Floating Barn: Modest Houseboat Inspired by Sea Shacks


Minimalist meets regional vernacular in this straightforward floating home designed for Latvian winters and summers by NRJA.

Thick side walls transition smoothly into a traditional A-frame roof shape providing privacy along the long sides of the structure, and leading to a floor-to-ceiling glass wall and deck pointing out into the water.

The inspiration for the simple shape and heavy materiality comes from local fishing shanty architecture as well as a hearty respect for harsh weather and commiserate need to both be and feel sheltered on the open water.

A loft over the land-side half of the houseboat makes the entry small and experience of moving through the space as one of increased openness as one heads toward the glazed far side and deck beyond.

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