We know people who have lake houses and love to talk about “living on the water.” That ain’t it; this is living on the water.
This energy neutral Northern Holland houseboat—it produces more energy than it consumes—offers s panoramic views across the Spaarne river and the nearby meadows. The design—a zinc façade alternated with aluminum, glass, steel and wood—completes the wish list of the clients who wanted a completely off-the-grid, and off the land, home.
The Floating Villa collects solar energy using PV-panels on the roof, combined with a heat pump in the concrete hull that collects energy from the difference in water/indoor temperature: to provide an endless natural stream of energy.
Furthermore, the aim was to establish different relationships with living near the water; you have your own private meadow garden to one side, complete water views on the other.
And with a second floor below the main one, you’re not really on the water, but in it as well.
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