The Solar-Powered, Recycled House That Will Let Us Float in Style

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If you've ever considered trading your house for a life on the water, but don't fancy the idea of cramped, below deck living quarters, then this floating, solar-powered home, designed by renowned Italian architect Giancarlo Zema, might be just the thing for you.

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As our climate warms and sea levels continue rise, our coastlines will change irrevocably. EcoFloLife, the firm behind Zema's "Waternest 100," has spent years designing a new generation of energy-efficient homes to accommodate our changing planet and lives. The 1,000 square foot Waternest 100 is made from recycled timber and a recycled aluminum hull. The design includes skylights, balconies, and large windows that offer sweeping views of the natural surroundings. The roof is essentially a giant solar panel, and best of all, the home can be set to float atop any calm body of water.

Here are some sneak peeks the floating homes that may one day pepper our waterways:

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Hey, even if our world gets swallowed by water, at least we'll be able to float away in style. [EcoFloLife vis Designboom]

All images courtesy of the Giancarlo Zema Design Group

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DISCUSSION

For the price (€1 million), I'd want more details as to how bottom fouling would be handled. A boat's hull needs to be repainted with anti-fouling paint every few years. This thing doesn't look like it would be easy to move or to haul out of the water. I'd hate to spend my hard-earned Euros on something that is going to start rot out from under me in a few years.

I'd also be concerned about stability... even calm waters get choppy, and that thing looks like it would be prone to rolling. Those vaguely furniture-shaped objects don't look like they'd handle movement very well. But who am I to question the "innovative semisubmerged architecture studio"?