Once we received photos of this amazing boathouse, we had to share the project with you, so that you benefit from amazing inspiration. Created by designer Flo Florian and architect and designer Sascha Akkermann of Confused-Direction Design, the second model of floating home, named the Silverbeaver, features modern design details that fabricate a comfortable and stylish appeal. Located in Oldenburg, Germany, on the Hunte River, the boat house displays a sleek design, dressed in a wood skin that integrates the structure into the surrounding environment. Three main characteristics can be recognized in each space and define all the rooms, materials and textures – clear, warm and bright.
The challenge of designing a stylish, modern boat house ensured the architects and designers used the best materials for this project, like the locally resourced larch-wood, combined with carefully chosen high tech-materials. Two terraces, one of which is on the roof, invite family and friends outside, where they can enjoy summer nights and days. Light materials were combined with modern furniture and contemporary furnishings and the pet cats have comfortable beds right in the living room, where they can participate in the family get-togethers. Flo Florian and Sascha Akkermann have chosen smart details for the interior, like the old model switches from the 40s, rebuild by Berker and Rosenthal.
Energy during the construction process was saved by using FSC-certified glulam timber instead of steel to create the building’s distinctive wavy roof, while the store’s external walls use hemclad, a highly innovative insulator made from hemp, which, like all plants, absorbs CO2 from the atmosphere as it grows. An 80,000 litre water tank below ground provides water for the store’s toilets and waters the site’s green wall’, which provides natural insulation, acts as an all-natural pollution filter near the car park, and helps to encourage biodiversity. The result is a building that uses a fraction of the energy of structures of a similar size, and is still very popular with local shoppers.
An example of a huge success is Heneghan Peng Architects’ Giant’s Causeway Visitors’ Centre in Antrim, Northern Ireland. Using the large difference in level across the site, the architects created two folds in the landscape. Bold, but not conflicting with the rather bleak natural environment, these folds draw all the man-made areas together and create one fitting man-made break in the natural landscape. In the words of the architects themselves, There is no longer a building and a landscape, but building becomes landscape and the landscape itself remains spectacular and iconic