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Instead of a Treehouse, Try a Floating Home

by LiveModern Webmaster last modified Mar 27, 2012 01:01 AM
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by Glenn Meyers last modified Mar 26, 2012

For vacationers looking for a change of pace Germany’s Lausitz Geierswald Resort offers visitors a selection of two-story homes that float on the lake. The German architectural firm Steeltec37 has designed this collection of dwellings resembling a floating village.




 

 

For vacationers looking for a change of pace Germany’s Lausitz Geierswald Resort offers visitors a selection of two-story homes that float on the lake. The German architectural firm Steeltec37 has designed this collection of dwellings resembling a floating village.

The architects state these modular luxury buildings have been designed to offer sustainable living. Named the Module House Arks, the modern residences may float like a boat while giving the practicalities of a waterfront lifestyle. The modular structures have a light-weight metal frame base set rests on a pontoon, which forms the base of the home.

The floating guest-houses at the Lausitz Geierswald Resort offer a home on two decks measuring over 1,000 square feet. The lower deck features an open and modern dining area, kitchen, and bathroom. Deck #2 provides a living space, sleeping quarters and a furnished sun deck that sits above the water.

On the sustainable side of the design equation, hese features have been installed:

  • photovoltaic roof sheeting
  • a solar-thermal energy system
  • a radiant ceiling cooling system
  • large window panels layered with photovoltaic film
  • a steel frame connected to a hydrothermal heating and cooling system
  • radiant floor heating
  • a controlled ventilation unit

Additionally fresh water reservoirs are used in the basement, plus a grey water reservoir, 300-liter (79.25-gallon) hot water tank, and a water purification unit. An automated roof-light control system allows natural light to filter through the home, which can also be closed to prevent the building from overheating in the summer.

The Lausitz Geierswald Resort is located in the heart of the Lusatian Lake District, which is made up of 21 artificial lakes. A week in a floating home at Lausitz Resort totals €90 (US$120) per night in the low season or €170 (US$225) per night during the summer.

Sources: Steeltec37, Lausitz Geierswald Resort via Inhabitat

Photos: Steeltec37

 



 

 

 
 
 

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