Floating House by MOS Architects

View all 12 Photos

If you’ll think back to January 2013, you may recall the Supreme Court messiness that deemed a floating house not a boat, and exempt from a number of federal laws that apply to vessels alone. All fickle legalities aside, Floating House by MOS Architects is most definitely a home in its own right, and a gorgeous one at that.

Located on – yes, on not at – the Great Lakes near Ontario, Floating House adopts the vernacular form of a gabled home placed on two parallel hulls, much like a catamaran. A rainscreen of cedar strips envelops the home, a time-tested method to combat the weather as well as filter light into the interior. Through the siding a variety of outlooks are placed, with some semi-opaque and others providing a clear, unobstructed view of the placid lake. At dusk, Floating House glows almost transparently, appearing as a paper lantern floating on the waters. Photography Florian Holzherr.

Kimberly

Kimberly

Kimberly is a graduate from MIT's Department of Architecture, and has recently joined the publication team at MIT OpenCourseWare. While architecture remains her first love, her interests encompass literature – epic poetry and Medieval romances are her favorite – and also fashion.

Featured Products Explore new arrivals at the Gessato Shop

More for you

                array(5) {
  ["post__not_in"]=>
  array(1) {
    [0]=>
    int(80730)
  }
  ["tag__not_in"]=>
  array(2) {
    [0]=>
    int(16203)
    [1]=>
    int(9208)
  }
  ["posts_per_page"]=>
  int(12)
  ["caller_get_posts"]=>
  int(1)
  ["cat"]=>
  int(6178)
}
            
  • Magnolia Residence

    A creative and refined house design that thoughtfully blends open and private spaces. Built in…

  • Stokkøya Cabin

    A cozy cabin embedded into a stunning landscape in Norway. Located on the island of…

  • Casa GD in Portugal

    A four-story house that maximizes a compact footprint with a thoughtful and clean design. Located…

  • MCR2 House

    A renovation project that transformed an old farmhouse into a comfortable living space. Located in…

  • The Doña Ana Refuge

    An old farm building transformed into a weekend retreat, on a budget. Located in an…

  • A Summer House In Central Bohemia

    A cozy family retreat built in the Czech countryside. Designed by the DDAANN architecture firm,…

  • Aparthotel Svaty Vavrinec

    Modern apartments and hotel suites built in a Czech ski resort. Located in the small…

  • Hood Cliff Retreat

    A family retreat embedded into nature, both literally and conceptually. Built on the western shore…

  • Villa Cardo

    A dreamy holiday home in Puglia, Italy. Built in a gorgeous landscape in Carovigno, Puglia,…

Take me there

  • 72 Hours in Philadelphia

    A complete travel guide to make a weekend in Philly memorable. Along with St. Augustine…

  • Ocean View 5

    A serene retreat in surfers’ paradise. Part of the Uluwatu Surf Villas resort in Bali,…

  • The Elsewhere Cabin Retreat

    A cabin on wheels that’s big on comfort and relaxation. Located on an idyllic ranch…