Author Archive

“EQUATIK” for all the sailors!

November 18, 2010

Our dear friend and colleagues start an amazing project: online Ebook store specialized in seat thematic. Check AQUATIK web page. An day-by-day growing collection of books about everything connected with sea and sea lovers.

Ave Mare Nostrum!



November 5, 2010

O panorama mundial vem se modificando de acordo com o desenvolvimento da sociedade. O grande crescimento populacional e a procura por novos locais para moradia levaram o homem a elaborar alternativas adaptativas em ambientes não antes considerados, como rios, lagos e mares.

Os problemas ambientais – aquecimento global, por exemplo – se agravaram devido ao aumento da agressão humana ao meio ambiente. Para isso, a tecnologia tem sido desenvolvida e utilizada a fim de criar alternativas de ocupação no meio aquático. Já são muitos os exemplos de projetos construtivos flutuantes, como hotéis, restaurantes, residências, estacionamentos, portos e até mesmo cidades.

Source:  Curso de Arquitetura e Urbanismo Disciplina: Professor Anderson Claro

O quintal da minha casa

November 5, 2010

O QUINTAL de minha casa trata do morar do homem na Amazônia, mas num recorte que inclui a vivência pessoal d um cineasta-documentarista. Na busca de personagens que possam relatar essa vivência, dois cartões-postais colorizados, especificamente da Cidade Flutuante, servem de mote para a empreitada.

Source:  Aurélio Michiles (O quintal da minha casa)

WHY yacht

November 3, 2010

 WHY goal : a better yacht

Revolutionary concept of the moving island is developed with latest and most advanced sustainable technologies, recycling thermal energy, as well as any organic and inorganic waste. The architecture of the whole project fits perfectly into the environment – there are no excesses, nothing is suiperficious, the impact on the sea is minimum.

A new unique way of living.


“TEDx Amazonia”

November 2, 2010

Marko Brajovic will talk about “Floating Architecture” at TEDx Amazonia!

0°01’ W Network in [e]motion / NOVAE Architecture

November 2, 2010


Italy-based NOVAE Architecture shared with us their project “0°01’ W Network in [e]motion”, their proposal for a competition to design an adaptable floating gallery in , UK. More images and architect’s description after the break.

The challenge involves the design of a mobile architecture gallery built to contain and distribute – both metaphorically and literally – ideas for the city as whole. The installation travels along the River Thames, connecting in this way a number of artistic spaces, and picking up visitors along the riverbank, particularly at South Bank. This container vessel have to be versatile and the exhibition space must be able to adapt itself to the movement of the river.

The 0°01’ W Network IN [E]motion consists of a lightweight structure installed upon a floating barge, with a basic area of approximately 500 m2. The concept is a sort of crystalline network idea: an anisotropy structure shaping through simple movement, a crystalline network break itself becoming a mobile adaptable machine: the break makes happen flexible modification capable to form different inner spaces looking toward the river. The object is easily distinguishable from all the other types of vessels which currently navigate the river, picking up people, get into a floating urban movement in a changeover condition, the gallery comes into a constant mutation with the city, continuously changing itself, coming into being now a bow, now a floating room, now a bridge; it ‘s capable of altering through its “temporary” presence the urban profile of the city, while at the same time being able to incorporate itself into the miscellaneous context of modern‐day .
Breaking water: the idea is to create a new “social” landscape, flowing in a new configuration: spaces form by gradual solidification of water. The floating gallery is a recognizable object able to make its “temporary” presence felt in the context of the urban profile of the city. Working into an idea of clever changing, the gallery is a transformer machine, it changes according to the weather conditions using clever glasses that are capable to became an opaque, colorful or translucid surface; changing their behavior broad light create different conditions of illumination and temperature inside spaces, reducing the energy consumption for the condition of the environment.
Source:  Sebastian J (Archdaily)

Icebergs / Daniel Andersson

November 2, 2010

shared with us his project Icebergs.  An iceberg only shows the tip above the water surface, the rest stays hidden below. These floating summer cottages in sheltered bays an lakes around Åland Islands, investigates this concept. See more images and architect’s description after the break.

Cabin villages are a normal sight aroun the Åland Islands. The client Ålands Hotell & Restaurangskola asked for a refine concept to attract more tourists during summer months.

The functions are arranged in a spiral form elevating from the lowest point, the living room and up through the entrance to the roof which serves as a sun deck. The shape of the cottage acts a ship hull pushing away water to stay floating. Secondary pontoons are placed underneath the body and also works as stabilizers.

The floor plan is 60m2 with clear definition between private and public. All functions are arranged around the central atrium that also contains the staircase. The atrium provides the light and underwater windows provide views. A sauna is located in the bathroom and is given easy access to run out, up the stairs to jump into the water.

The cottages are anchored to the seabed in clam areas due to its vulnerability for high waves. Water and electricity is connected through underwater cables and pipes to a central station on the mainland. Precautionary bilge pumps are installed under the staircase to remove all water that would leak over.

Source:  Sebastian J (Archdaily)

The Citadel: A floating apartment complex in Netherlands

November 2, 2010


The Dutch have been fighting the rising and falling tides for centuries, building dikes and pumping water out of areas that are below sea level. Now, rather than fight the water infiltrating their land, the Dutch will use it as part of a new development called ‘New Water‘, which will feature the world’s first floating apartment complex, The Citadel.

This “water-breaking” new project was designed by Koen Olthuis of Waterstudio, and developed by ONW OPP/BNG  in the Netherlands, and will use 25% less energy than a conventional building on land thanks to the use of water cooling techniques.

Source: Bridgette Meinhold (Inhabitat)

Floating Gardens / Studio Noach + Holtrop

November 2, 2010

In five days, a new type of spa exhibition will be on display during the “Architecture of Consequence” in the Netherlands.   Studio Noach, along with  Anne Holtrop, developed a floating spa that seems to be a “construction of a landscape”, an extension of the land into the water to create a serene environment.   Using recycled polystyrene and Patrick Blanc’s “living wall” ideas, the architecture of the spa makes the walls and ceilings the outer for hills and valleys while the interior follows the counter form of the landscape.

The composite GreenRexwall ™, developed in collaboration with the German constructor Aquahouse GmbH, is  a strong and constructive material such that cement, steel and bricks are no longer needed.  The vegetated walls and roof become a breeding ground for birds, butterflies and insects plus the innovative technical installations provide big energy savings. The surrounding water acts as a heat exchanger and cooling source, making the spa up to 70% more efficient than using conventional energy systems.

Source:  Karen Cilento (Archdaily)

Floating Dinning Room / Goodweather Design & Loki Ocean

November 2, 2010

This temporary floating dining room was designed for a summer fundraiser by The School of Fish Foundation, a non-profit organization committed to promoting sustainable seafood. The semi-enclosed space floats on over 1700 recycled plastic . The project intends to bring attention to the abundance of plastic litter floating in the oceans, but also suggests a possible use for such waste. Due to budget and time constraints the design of the structure remains a conventional post and beam assembly allowing the framing to serve as finish.

exploded axo

The structure is built from donated lumber and local cedar products, all of which are renewable and will be recycled once the fundraiser is over. The floor is inset with a 4′x8′ plexiglass panel to reveal the plastic directly below the dining table. The dining room was built in the Granville Island boatyard before it was lifted, lowered into the water, towed across False Creek and finally craned into its final position. The structure was built in ten days and will host 12 guests per night for 60 nights.

Source:  Nico Saieh (Archdaily)