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Floating Homes in Winter: Can Luxury Aquatic Architecture Survive in All Climates?

Posted by on Wednesday, January 15th, 2014

Floating home in winter

This may be an extreme, but as floating homes become more popular, they will have to take winter climates into account.
Image from media.carbonated.tv.

In his novel Suttree, Cormac McCarthy’s eponymous character lives on a houseboat on the Tennessee River, just outside of Knoxville. Some of the grimmer scenes come in the winter- a winter which those of us in more northern latitudes would consider mild, but which was still scary, with the cold coming off the pages, and nowhere for the man to really get warm.  Now, granted, this was set in 1951, when houseboats were more rickety, and it is McCarthy, whose books could never be called “happy” to begin with. But it does raise some interesting questions for people interested in floating homes.

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0°01’ W Network in [e]motion Floating Art Gallery: Beautiful or Hideous?

Posted by on Monday, January 6th, 2014

0°01’ W Network in [e]motion

0°01’ W Network in [e]motion — Image source: Archdaily.net

I’ve written about some pretty bizarre ideas in my time: underwater skyscrapers made of garbage, egg-shaped floating houses, hotels made out of ice, and so on. The floating building 0°01’ W Network in [e]motion (yes, it’s name is also quite weird) will join those ranks. Continue reading…

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A Whale of a Building: The Half-Floating Pavilion “Fluid” Redefines Aquatic Architecture

Posted by on Monday, December 30th, 2013

Fluid

Fluid — Image source: Ning.com

Most of us know the story of Jonah and the whale. At least, we think that we do. Contrary to popular opinion, the Bible claims that Jonah was swallowed by a giant fish and not a whale. In any event, that story has left many people wondering what life would be like in the bowels of a gigantic sea mammal. In fact, the famous song “The Mariner’s Revenge” explores this idea. Give it a listen: Continue reading…

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Gorgeous 3-Story Home Floats on Amsterdam River

Posted by on Monday, December 23rd, 2013

Floating Home

Floating home in Amsterdam — Image source: Inhabitat.com

I’ve talked about floating architecture a lot on this blog, and there’s one thing that almost all of them have in common: they’re absurdly impractical. It’s either a massive, billion-dollar floating city or a tiny egg boat with nothing in between. What is it with people and moderation? If architects really want the homeowners of tomorrow to live on futuristic floating homes, then they’re going to have to meet the average Joe in the middle ground with something that’s both spacious and cost effective. Continue reading…

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Construction to Begin on World’s First Floating City!

Posted by on Friday, November 29th, 2013

Freedom Ship International

A view of Freedom Ship International — Image source: Inhabitat.com

Some technology is inevitable. We know it’s on its way, but nobody can be exactly sure just how many years it will be until it finally becomes a reality. Floating architecture is a perfect example of this. Designers have come up with a few rudimentary floating buildings, but nobody has genuinely made an attempt to build a floating city of the future. Continue reading…

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Migaloo Private Submarine Takes Underwater Luxury to a Whole New Level

Posted by on Wednesday, November 27th, 2013

Migaloo

A giant yacht and a whale for scale. — Image source: Motioncodeblue.com

Many people like to think of personal yachts as the absolute epitome of luxury. After all, what could possibly be more extravagant than sailing around the world on your own private floating mansion? Continue reading…

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The Manta Resort: A Luxurious, Two-Person, Underwater Hotel

Posted by on Monday, November 18th, 2013

Manta Inn

Live in luxury at the Manta Resort. Image source: Inhabitat.com

I’ve written about dozens of different underwater building designs, and almost all of them have one thing in common: they’re completely unreasonable. Perhaps the designers realize that the budget for an underwater building is so prohibitively expensive that they may as well make the design as exciting as possible because it’s unlikely to get built anyway. Perhaps it’s because designing an underwater house feels like something out of a science fiction movie, so they stop worrying about realistic concerns like physics and how the inhabitants are supposed to go about their daily lives. Continue reading…

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Futuristic Vertical Ship Stays Upright While Exploring Marine Life

Posted by on Wednesday, November 13th, 2013

SeaOrbiter

Image source: Inhabitat.com

French architect Jacques Rougerie wants to explore the world’s oceans, and he needs your money to do it. How much, you ask? Just a mere €325,000 ($436,000). Continue reading…

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Google’s Mystery Barges Revealed to be Silver-Sailed Showrooms

Posted by on Monday, November 11th, 2013

Possible Google Barge

Image from telegraph.co.uk

Google has been raising eyebrows with the construction of three massive barges that are currently moored in San Francisco, Portland, and Maine. The Internet behemoth has been fairly tight-lipped about the barges, leaving news sources to speculate over their purpose. Are they floating data centers? Trendy party boats? Continue reading…

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The 5 Weirdest Boats Ever Made

Posted by on Monday, November 4th, 2013

Hot Dog Boat

Image source: Marineinsight.com

A boat is a boat, right? Well, not exactly. You’d be amazed by how weird they can get! This list takes a look at 5 of the weirdest boat ideas ever imagined. Continue reading…