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Modern Houseboat Design – A Sustainable Houseboat From the Future!

Niall McLaughlin Architects have designed a houseboat built for two as part of a Swedish design competition. Small on size, but big on innovation, the houseboat takes in thee design considerations; light, space, and construction. The architects took their inspiration from a light-weight, traditional Celtic  fishing boat called “currachs.” Woven carbon-fiber was used to create a  basket-like structure, similar of the currachs.  A translucent, argon gas filled space insulates the home and interwoven electronic elements collect energy from the environment to reuse to power the home. Adding to the home’s sustainability, solar panels power a pump that circulates water through underwater coils to the exterior wall of the home which passively cool the space. Below are the architect’s designs for the exterior and interiors on the Houseboat.

 

 

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