Uboat: Urban Houseboat for City Canals, Lakes & Streams



Floating homes tend to fall on the fancier side of design – premium placements require sufficient funds to keep out affordable housing. This idea tackles waterway residences from another starting point: small, smart and sustainable.

A straightforward, slat-sided box forms the core of the Uboat by Wyatt Little – a deck on all four sides extends out to form both entry and porch space, with a matched roofline above providing shelter and area for an extensive green roof and solar panels.

The sketch process reveals thoughts that went into an ultimately-elemental form, as do the black-and-white photos of urban contexts.

A geothermal loop dropped down into the water below regulates the interior temperature, drawing up warm or cool as needed into an in-floor heating and cooling system. Gray water can likewise be lifted from the amble supply on all sides, while drinking water is collected via rain into semi-concealed tanks.

Some might find the rectilinear form fairly banal, but others will see it as a welcome relief from unrealistically-curved and otherwise-impractical concept designs – likely less about a mass-producible future than about an individual fantasy.

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