Eco Factor: Houseboat propelled by solar energy.
Presently all houseboat designs limit innovation and their travel is limited to calm waterways, rivers, inlets and bays.
The reason you can’t take your houseboat to the open ocean is that their flat bottom top heavy design provides no underlying support, which is necessary to prevent it from rocking wildly on larger waves.
Industrial designer Orhan Cileli has come up with an ingenious way to allow you to enjoy the ocean in a houseboat. The concept design promotes maneuverability and internal aesthetics. Inspired by a fishing bobber, half the home remains submerged and the other half stays above sea level with a large flotation ring placed at the beltline. This ring also serves as an exterior deck for lounging and docking other vessels.
This houseboat provides protection in ways unseen. Using high tensile reinforced acrylic curved panes, the resilience of this new material will not shatter under high volume pressure. The acrylic exterior also allows rainwater to ride into a channel, which then sends it to a storage reservoir, where it is purified and made fit for drinking and gardening.
Originally posted 2011-10-11 20:14:48.