House boats have a long and varied history globally. They have been used in all parts of the world as a main residence maybe connected to daily occupations such as fishing, or as a place to escape to for recreation. House boats remain popular for a wide variety of reasons. These include: A desire to combine home with pleasure, and increased closeness to nature and as an escape from the day-to-day pressures of life on land.
Many contemporary house boat designs, sometimes referred to as Boat Houses, have broken free from their traditional moorings. The marvelous examples illustrated here include some of the most elaborate, innovative and ambitious architectural projects.
Shore Vista Boat House is on Lake Austin by a glorious nature reserve in Texas. This spectacular house boat design is is based on combining elliptical forms that echo the curves found in the natural surroundings. Spellbinding views of the lake and the undulating hills beyond are optimized by the design. The curved edges of the dock, relate to the rounded glass railing. The flexible design of the barriers allows more of the captivating views to be enjoyed through the frame of the construction. Importantly, the lake is easily accessed by a series of natural stone steps which incline gently to the water and a beach area.
This project shows designs for a group of no less than 75 floating homes in the Netherlands. The motive to create these fantastic house boat designs is fuelled by ecological concerns as much as recreational needs. True the house boats are super attractive but a serious side to their existence is the designer’s desire to create sustainable homes on water, in the light of future threats posed by global warming. These potential hazards could result in a large percentage of land being engulfed by water in the not too distant future.
On a lighter note, building on the water is a romantic notion, it requires invention creativity from the architect and a sense of adventure on the part of the client. People that live in house boats are likely to be highly individualistic, enjoy breaking free from a conventional lifestyle and importantly feel an affinity and respect for the natural environment that they will be living so close to.
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