Williams Studio

Architect : GH Architects / Patricia Hanson, MRAIC
Location : Stony Lake, Canada
Built : 2007

The beautiful setting and placement of the houseboat to this site is what really makes for an imaginative environment to live. The curtain wall of the structure with it's diffused light creates a wonderful filter that also offers the owner an ingenious tool.As a photographer's studio, this sort of filter of light is something that is unique to the space and unobtainable in a conventional studio.

Lake Joseph Boathouse

Location : Forestburgh, New York
Architect : Altius Architecture
Built : 2009

A classic reinterpretation of a simple lake cabin is expressed here in the lines of the roof, and the openings of the structure. The modernity of the space allows for a clean visual to add or subtract from in decoration or embellishment. It is the perfect backdrop for a quiet, reflective environment.

Water Villa

Location : Gabriel Metsustraat, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Architect : Framework Architecten Studio Prototype
Built : 2011

The visually striking exterior detailing in this houseboat near the Olympic Stadium serves two purposes. One is to make for interesting texture and the other is add light to the spaces while providing privacy. It is a wonderful framework that surrounds the structure and looks good doing so.


Dreamcatcher Haus

Location : Hamburg Mitte, Germany
Architect : Rost Niderehe Architects
Built : 2010

Nicknamed the Dreamcatcher, this houseboat was the product of a city-wide competition that allowed buyers to enter their houseboats in order to win a prized berth on the Eilbekkanal. As it would not be enough of a challenge to construct a floating home, an emphasis was also placed on creating a removable upper storey. This provides the possibility to be able to drag the house to a maintenance yard - an aspect that is necessary when you live on a houseboat.

X-FLOAT Residences

Location : River Kwai, Kanchanaburi, Thailand
Architect : Agaligo Studio
Built : 2015

These modular floating units allow unobstructed views of the River Kwai while providing tenants with privacy. The floor to ceiling glass panels give every unit a luxurious feel and the outdoor decks are great for watching the river's boat traffic. Described as the "volumetric evolution of a raft," the X-Float is built with a lightweight steel frame, clad in HardieBoard and plywood.

Bertam Residence Misson Creek

Location : San Francisco, California
Architect : Robert Nebolon Architects
Built : 2013

A modest structure built in the International Style illustrates the fact that a feeling of grandness can be coaxed out of any space. Inspired by Mission Creek's industrial past, the loft-like feel of the home helps foster the idea of living on the docks. A trio of decks help the three-floor, two-bedroom home embrace life on the water.

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