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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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Is This Floating Spherical Home a Glimpse of the Future?

Posted by on Monday, October 21st, 2013

Floating house

Image from architzercdn.com

I’ve seen (and written about) virtually every floating house design imaginable, from the humble Exbury Egg to the massive Project Venus. There’s one pervasive trend that I’ve noticed in just about every design: aquatic architects tend to care about form more than function. Continue reading…

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Water, Water Everywhere at the Marina Barrage

Posted by on Thursday, August 23rd, 2012

Marina Barrage in Singapore

Image source: Pub.gov.sg

Singapore receives 100 inches of rain fall each year. As you might expect, that makes flooding a major issue. The surprising thing is that this heavy rainfall also cuts down on the mount of clean drinking water. It’s kind of ironic, isn’t it? Water, water everywhere, but not a drop to drink. Continue reading…

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Exchange Your Shopping Cart for a Boat at a Thai Floating Market

Posted by on Tuesday, August 21st, 2012

Thai Floating Market

Image source: Blog.asiantown.net

I covered a couple floating hotels yesterday, and of the three I would have to say that the Thai floating hotel was my favorite. Why? Well, it all boils down to authenticity. The others were expensive and elaborate, but the Thai floating hotel follows the ancient Thai tradition of living on floating boathouses. They didn’t create that hotel chain along the river as a gimmick — they did it because that’s just how they roll (or should I say “swim?”). Continue reading…

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Top 3 Floating Hotels

Posted by on Monday, August 20th, 2012

Floating Hotel

Image source: Riverkwaijunglerafts.com

I have a hard time making up my mind about anything. The more expensive something is, the more time I have to spend anguishing over the options before I can finally settle on the perfect choice. So, I have an absolutely terrible time trying to figure out what to do when I have vacation time. Would I be better off experiencing the world on a week-long cruise, or sitting back and recharging in a peaceful, lakeside resort? Continue reading…

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How Architects Want to Fight Floods in Thailand

Posted by on Thursday, July 26th, 2012

Flooding in Thailand

Image source: Wikipedia.org

The southern Thai city of Ayutthaya is in hot water. Well, saying “hot water” isn’t entirely accurate. I should say, “high water.” Continue reading…