modern houseboat

Houseboats conjure different images for different people, from traditional houses-on-the-water to barges and other converted boat-to-house properties. Few think of something as sleek, modern and suited to be both a full-time habitat and a mobile floating home as the SchwimmHausBoot design.

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The designers claim inspiration from both maritime styles and land-based structural traditions, a combination of something that looks dynamic and made for traversing waterways but could equally well rival a contemporary urban home in its layout, materials and form. In short, the finished design has the plan and functions of a conventional house but also reflects its aquatic nature.

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Inside this cool modern houseboat, creative custom fixtures and furnishings within a white setting make the space seem like a vast converted loft or a spacious hilltop summer home – a getaway of sorts but also a very livable interior design. Public spaces with significant glass for daylighting slowly give way to private spaces as one moves further back into the floating structure.

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Best of all, this house boat design is planned perfectly for docking as well as traveling – streamlined to be propelled through the water but also enclosed on the side for when neighbors pull in alongside while it is in port. It also has a front porch that doubles as a front yard and entry space when secured to land but a more private green rooftop deck for looking out on the water.

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SchwimmHausBoot was designed by Flo Florian and Sascha Akkermann of the German design firm Confused Direction.

“Many cultures show a long tradition of living on the water, representing the natural human need to live by the water. Nowadays, houseboats or floating homes can provide a new quality of live to areas with high population density and large bodies of water. It was important to me not to build a simple log cabin a on the water, but to create a valuable home balancing modern design and maritime flair. This ambition is also reflected in the selection of materials.”