When it comes to floating houses, we have witnessed quite a few innovative conceptions ranging from groovy pizzerias to submerged villas. However, this time around, sustainable technology is brought into the ‘romanticized’ mix of living on the sea – with the so-named Floatwing. Envisaged as a floating getaway for couples, the self sufficient habitat was created by Portuguese firm Friday, with their focus on low-carbon footprint and solar power. These green credentials are complemented on the user level with incorporation of nifty spatial elements.
In commercial terms, the company offers four variant models of Floatwing (areas ranging from 60 sq m to 108 sq m), each with different degrees of on-board features. And, since we have been harping about the ‘green’ side of affairs, the best model among these makes a valiant case for a self-sustaining habitat. To that end, this Floatwing is powered by solar energy, while boasting an advanced waste-water treatment plant and fuel storage capacity. These sustainable aspects are accompanied by what have been described as the designers as ‘low environmentally impactful materials’.
Now as for the spatial layout of this floating house, the Floatwing is divided into two levels, with the lower level accounting for most of the user-circulation zones, and the accessible upper level/deck posing as the roof. The lower volume sheltered by glass-clad facades, comprises a kitchen, wine cellar, and zero to three bedrooms (presumably depending on the model) – all of which are further complemented by an heat pump and AC generator. On the other hand, the upper level with its accessible deck, consists of a barbecuing area – thus alluding to a romantic recreational space.
Interestingly, in spite of so many varied spatial components, the core design of the Floatwing is modular in nature. In other words, the entire floating house can disassembled and packed into just two shipping containers and delivered anywhere on our planet. And in case you are wondering, the entire habitat can be ‘launched’ into the sea by simply steering it with the aid of two outboard motors that allow for max speed of three knots, or 5.6 km/hr (or 3.4 miles/hr).
And lastly, the ‘piece de resistance’ of the Floatwing arguably pertains to its ambit of self-sufficiency. In that regard, the floating house can sustain itself for a week without any aid from external power sources. This incredible aspect is bolstered by the habitat’s capacity to self-generate 80 percent of its annual energy needs (that increases to a whopping 100 percent when calculated for six months).