The new houseboat: luxury homes that float

These floating pods give new meaning to the idea of a waterfront home

Designed by Italian naval architect Giancarlo Zema, the Waternest is a 100 square metre  pod that can comfortably house a family of four. It’s made almost entirely out of recycled materials, from the re-purposed aluminium and laminated reclaimed wood shell and has already fitted eco-friendly furniture  inside.

The Waternest pods have everything on most potential property owners’ wish lists: 360-degree water views aside, there’s plenty of natural light, two balconies, teak floors, a low-maintenance, weather-proof exterior and an automated alarm system manageable via smartphone. Residents can control the temperature, light, sound and entertainment systems via the one keypad, with power provided by amorphous photovoltaic panels on the roof.

The best thing about this house is that it can be anchored at any quay with a depth of two metres, so you could wake up in Venice one morning and Amsterdam the next. But the exciting thing about the Waternest is that it’s actually not unaffordable – the 100 square metre pod costs roughly $1.1 million, so if you are thinking millionaire goals this week, you can add this to your vision board!

The new houseboat: luxury homes that float

The new houseboat: luxury homes that float

The new houseboat: luxury homes that float

The new houseboat: luxury homes that float

The new houseboat: luxury homes that float

The new houseboat: luxury homes that float

Check out the architect’s website: giancarlozema.com

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