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.