In childhood all of us have dreamed about living in an imaginary floating home with all the necessary utilities and an arabesque design. An Italian architect Giancarlo Zema has turned this “childish” fantasy into reality. His project Water Nest created for a London-based company EcoFloLife is a real house on water that includes all the modern facilities (and even more!) and literally floats on water.
Is it comfortable to live in a house on water?
Well, let’s see it together. Water Nest has a form of a flattened sphere. It is 4 metres tall and its diameter is 12 metres. The floor space covers 99 sq. metres (balconies excluded) which is enough to accommodate a family of four with two bedrooms. Two extra version are available upon request: a total floor space of 60 and of 80 sq. metres.
Another piece of good news is that the Italian house on water is a sustainable project: it is made from 98% recycled supplies and powered by a 60 sq. metres solar roof. The floating home can be placed on any lake or river and certainly you can also move it whenever you prefer.
Curious, isn’t it? We know, you would like to know the price. You can get your house on water starting at €500,000.
“The inspiration came to me when I was observing the water nests of water birds about the globe in which they can reside and increase their young children in comprehensive harmony with nature.” – says the author of the project Giancarlo Zema.
Bespoke and sustainable design
The interior part of the house on water is customizable. Based on the client’s needs it can include a living room, dining area, bedroom, kitchen and bathroom or any other necessary configuration. You can also use it as an office, bar, restaurant, shop or exhibition venue.
The floating habitat is made out of locally sourced material and up to 98% recycled materials, including recycled glued laminated timber and a recycled aluminium hull – all of which are completely water resistant. The internal natural micro-ventilation and air conditioning makes it a “low-consumption” home.
Bathroom and kitchen skylights are located on the wooden roof, as are 60 sq. metres of amorphous photovoltaic panels capable of generating 4 kilowatts per hour which is enough to power all the home’s appliances.