Floating Green Home Sets Sail w/ Solar Panel Power System


One of the biggest problems of truly living on the water is, of course, power: where do you plug in your floating home when you are off on an adventure, or simply spending some time a little ways out from the shore? Solar power is an obvious solution to living off the grid and on the ocean, but this design is stunning even aside from its sustainable off-the-grid energy strategies.

This award-winning design from RAFAA Architecture & Design has not only already won awards but – unlike so many similar visionary concept designs – is also scheduled for actual mass-production, so you should be able to buy (or at least rent) one in the next few years. Its shape is both seductive but also sensible – a creative blend of boating curves and house-like walls, livable layouts and functional floor plans.

It has two floors – a lower level with the mechanical, plumbing and other behind-the-scenes systems that make the boat work and a second story with living, kitchen, bathroom and bedroom spaces (divided by screens and partition walls as needed from one another).

The title has a bit of a wordplay mystery: called the “Last Resort”, this floating house is perhaps a safer way to escape the end of the world than a land-locked bomb shelter would be, though, and certainly more stylish setting from which to watch the planet implode.

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