Floating Home is Part of a Bigger Floating Village

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Dutch interior architecture studio i29 sent us a press kit of a lovely floating home on a canal in Amsterdam. The architects write:

“Our client challenged us to design a home which would maximize the space within the volume boundaries of the plot and still have a typical yet surprising house shape. The floating volume has a pitched roof, but the coping of the roof is turned diagonal in the floor plan which gives an optimization in usable space on the inside and an outspoken architectural design on the outside.”

But what is really interesting is the community that the floating home is part of: Schoonschip, a floating village of 46 houseboats that has been under development for 10 years. Designed by Space & Matter, it is “a unique residential area: floating, sustainable, circular and initiated by a group of enthusiasts with a shared dream.” Space & Matter writes:

“Seventy percent of the world is covered in water, and the good thing is that we can easily live on it! Since urban areas struggle with high density, we should make better use of the space on the water. With Schoonschip we want to set the example, and show how living on water can be a great and better alternative for people and our planet.”

Every floating home is topped with solar panels that feed batteries but also feed into their own shared smart grid. They are heated and cooled with water source heat pumps. Black water from toilets and grey water from sinks and showers is piped separately and “will eventually be transported to a biorefinery to ferment it and convert it into energy.”

According to the Schoonschip website, there are no fossil fuels in the picture; no gas to the site, and owners agree to live without their own gas powered cars and to share the community’s electric cars.

The community is tied together by a “smart jetty” that acts as a social connector on top, and underneath has all the energy, waste, and water connections. The i29 architects write:

“The new floating neighborhood is intended to be an urban ecosystem embedded within the fabric of the city: making full use of ambient energy and water for use and re-use, cycling nutrient.”

Source: https://www.treehugger.com/modern-floating-home-floating-village-5095019

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