Floatwing, Self-sufficient Floating House for “Responsible Fun”

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“Floatwing” is not restricted to the ideals of residential permanence. Rather, the mobile home encourages an almost nomadic way of life; set the two small outboard motors at just 3 knots and you’ll wake up in a new place everyday. At 6 meters wide and 10 to 18 meters long, the adaptable abode can serve as a solitary retreat for the lone traveler or a comfortable three-bedroom house with two baths. A full kitchen, barbecue, and wine cellar will keep you well fed while a heat pump, AC generator, and pellet stove help maintain the familiar comfort of home.

The entire residence – furniture and all – fits in two standard shipping containers that can be sent across the globe.

And thanks to its modular design, the entire residence – furniture and all – fits in two standard shipping containers that can be sent across the globe. But perhaps the most impressive aspect of this off-the-grid design is its self-sufficiency. Simply “charging” the house (which lasts for about 7 days at a time) can produce as much as 80% of annual energy needs. Friday has even built in a compact activated sludge wastewater treatment plant, while the structure itself was constructed with a focus on environmentally friendly materials and processes. Portuguese design group Friday believes that truly effective and impactful innovation stems from the concept of “responsible fun;” with a focus on leisure, the company’s services fill free time through a heightened awareness of energy efficiency and sustainability. This unfettered sea-bound vessel is no different. Despite its endless environmental benefits, the mobile home is first and foremost a relaxation spot, a “romantic getaway,” and a convenient home base for lovers of outdoor sports like “sailing, paddling, water skiing, or fishing.”

Lizzie Wright

Lizzie

​Lizzie Wright is an aspiring artist and designer with a passion for the written word. While she works on her BFA in Industrial Design at the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), she spends her (rare) spare time riding around Providence on her trusty Cannondale and drinking lots of coffee. She is especially fascinated by the dichotomy between aesthetic form and function, which has an immense influence on her work. As a lover of the natural world, Lizzie plans to focus on Nature, Culture, and Sustainability Studies to pursue a more efficient future for design. Read more by visiting her website

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