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With climate change and global warming, researchers are increasingly turning to the field of houseboats. There is a lot of talk about land use and in the future a sharp rise in sea levels could engulf some of the world's largest metropolises. If this catastrophic vision does not convince you, just think of the natural disasters that have been constantly increasing in recent times. The houseboats they represent a solution to deal with floods and too rainy seasons.

We saw it in Nigeria, where an entire community has arisen floating: schools, homes, clinics ... all to remedy the problem of inodations aggravated by the presence of a large lagoon. The result of the floating community? Instead of crossing bridges or roads, the inhabitants of Makoko (Nigeria, Africa) move in canoes. In some locations around the globe, building onwater it is certainly cheaper and safer than building on land, in Makakos the materials used are low cost, for example, the school base is made up of 256 empty plastic drums, specially recycled.


Three were designed in Neuchatel, Switzerland floating laboratories who use a number of solar plants to meet their energy needs. Staying in Europe, we find others floating structures, they are almost completely self-sufficient. The first prototype was set up in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. In Japan and other locations around the globe, there is no shortage of floating solar plants!

Between houseboats the most important is the Inachus Floating Home, designed by the British studio Sanitov, the project will be launched at the London Design Festival 2013. The floating house uses cutting-edge and highly sustainable technology. The smart residence is highly eco-friendly with its many energy saving systems and highly efficient appliances. All electrical appliances in the house can be monitored and managed by a smartphone in order to optimize consumption and eliminate waste.


The innovative design of the floating house Inachus contributes to making the entire structure carbon-neutral. The house has super efficient photovoltaic panels. The ventilation system has a heat recovery mechanism. Skylights maximize natural lighting while the external fins provide the right shade during peak hours of the sun.

To minimize the waste of heat, the floating house it is equipped with insulating panels and green walls that improve air quality. The terrace features a green roof characterized by wild vegetation and a space for the self-production of vegetables and greens.

Video: The houseboat by Bluefield Houseboats (August 2022).