With the cost of living in large cities constantly rising, the search for viable alternatives is constant. Flo Florian and Sascha Akkermann of design firm Confused-Direction and the project-developer Bernhard Urich had urban affordability in mind when they designed the Silberfisch houseboat.
The house is a thoroughly modern floating home that, instead of occupying a valuable plot of land, is anchored in a body of water. In theory, the Silberfisch would allow residents to remain in a location indefinitely or relocate on a whim.
It’s an interesting concept whose acceptance by the general public might be debatable. However, the eco-friendly principles underlying the house are universally appealing. Two of the primary “green” methods used in the house’s construction are a green roof planted with vegetation and the use of reclaimed wood wherever possible. The toilet is an Eco-Toilet which saves water recources. Additionally, the house produces zero emissions. As home prices and eco-friendliness become increasingly critical issues, Confused-Direction’s Silberfisch houseboat may become a realistic option.
The open minimalist design is perfect for this small space houseboat.
The full lighting is gathered by the glass end of the boat and is enhanced by the white interior.
The concept has been to build a houseboat that never leaves the shoreline, but has all the beauty and design features that grace many lofts.
Photos courtesy of SchwimmHausBoot