Made of recycled laminated timber and salvaged aluminum, this rounded pod home floats on the surface of any calm body of water, gathering all of its power from solar panels built into the roof. The Waternest 100 by London-based EcoFloLife and Giancarlo Zema Design Group can be configured as a private residence, office, lounge, restaurant, shop or exhibition space.
The home’s curves, low profile and natural materials give it a harmonious feel in the natural environment while retaining a sense of modernity. At just about 40 feet wide and measuring just over 1,000 square feet, it’s a compact space without being quite so ‘tiny’ as many other sustainable small-scale dwellings, and includes living and dining rooms, bedrooms, a kitchen and a bathroom.
The home features natural micro-ventilation and large skylights in the kitchen and bathroom to let in natural daylight, as well as a narrow terrace. The materials and sustainable production systems used in the home enable it to be up to 98% recyclable when its lifetime comes to an end.
” After years of research EcoFloLife has developed the WaterNest 100 eco-friendly floating house, exclusively designed by the renown Italian architect Giancarlo Zema. It is an enveloping more of 100 sqm residential unit, 12 m in diameter and 4 m high, made entirely of recycled laminated timber and a recycled aluminum hull. Balconies are conveniently located on the sides and thanks to the large windows, permit enjoyment of fascinating views over the water.”
“Bathroom and kitchen skylights are located on the wooden roof, as well as 60 sqm of amorphous photovoltaic solar panels capable of generating 4 kWp which are used for the internal needs of the floating house. The interior of WaterNest 100 floating house can include a living room, dining area, bedroom, kitchen and bathroom or have other configurations according to the different housing or working needs – ideal for those wishing to live independently, exclusively and in complete harmony with nature.”
“WaterNest 100, floating house can be positioned along river courses, lakes, bays, atolls and sea areas with calm waters. The use of materials and sustainable production systems make this unit recyclable up to as much as 98%. In addition, thanks to a sophisticated system of internal natural micro-ventilation and air conditioning, it is classified as a low-consumption residential habitat.”