Inspired Architecture: Floating Homes

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This is a guest post from Antonina of OpenBuildings & sister site! Below you will see thematic selections of inspirational architecture & design, which might help you start your very own design project and get matched with design professionals.

Much more than a matter of technological growth, the ever-growing interest in the concept of mobile structures results from the fact it addresses a lot of the latest social issues related to migration, social housing, recycling, post-disaster shelters, the optimal use of space in overcrowded cities. Floating homes – you’ll find them on lakes, rivers and major bodies of water. Think 1 to 3 bedrooms, a great view, and no grass to cut, no neighbours either. Just pick up and move.

Designs Northwest Architects: Float Home

image: Ben Benschneider

MOS: Floating House in Pointe au Baril

image: Florian Holzherr

Robert Oshatz: Fennell Residence

image: Cameron Neilson

+31 ARCHITECTS: Watervilla de Omval

image: Iwan Baan

X-Architects: Houseboat

image: X-Architects

Rost Niderehe Architects: Houseboat on the Eilbekkanal

image: Rost Niderehe Architects

Steeltec37: AR-CHE Aqua Floathome

image: Steeltec37

More projects after the break.

Marina Housing: Archipelago Villa 90

image: Marina Housing

Metro Ship: Contemporary House-Boat

image: Metro Ship

Architectenbureau Marlies Rohmer: Waterdwellings IJburg

image: Marcel van der Burg, Roos Aldershoff, Luuk Kramer


Antonina is an architect who has recently joined the OpenBuildings team to take over Community Outreach. Believes in interdisciplinary approach to architecture and everything else, fascinated by Japanese and Dutch design, typography and all things inspired.

OpenBuildings is a community-driven and openly editable encyclopaedia of contemporary and conceptual architecture from around the world that exists as a website and application for iPhone, and recently – Android, which enable users to find, learn about and share nearby buildings of architectural merit.