London-based firm EcoFloLife has developed an eco-friendly floating housing unit, designed exclusively by Italian architect Giancarlo Zema.
WaterNest 100 is a 100m2 structure, 12m in diametre and 4m high, made entirely out of recycled glued laminated timber and a recycled aluminium hull.
The balconies for the unit are conveniently located on the sides and due to the large windows, allow for expansive views over the water.
The use of sustainable materials and production systems makes the project 98% recyclable. Additionally, due to a system of internal micro-ventilation and air conditioning, WaterNest 100 is qualified as a low-consumption residential habitat.
“Bathroom and kitchen skylights are located on the wooden roof, as well as 60m2 of amorphous photovoltaic panels, capable of generating 4 kWp which are used for the internal needs of the residential unit,” said a release.
“The interior of WaterNest 100 can include a living room, dining area, bedroom, kitchen and bathroom or have other configurations according to the different housing or working needs – ideal for those wishing to live independently, exclusively and in complete harmony with nature,” it added.
The structure can be positioned along river courses, lakes, bays, atolls and sea areas with calm waters.
As mentioned above, it has several possible configurations that are alternatives to the floating structures being residential dwellings. WaterNest 100 can also be used as an office, lounge bar, restaurant, shop or exhibition.