The home of the future: a floating nest

Published on Tuesday, 5 January 2016

Eco-friendly, essential and futuristic in design, WaterNest 100 is a floating residential unit designed by the Italian architect Giancarlo Zema for the British company EcoFloLife.

The project focuses on respect for nature, with which it harmoniously coexists, for energy savings, turning the home into an autonomous and independent unit, and for design, providing an alternative solution for the future, with homes resting on water rather than on land.

Designed to have a low environmental impact, the circular-plan building envelope designed by Zema measures 12m in diameter a 4m in height, for a total area of 100 sqm. This egg-like solution, made to float in water systems such as rivers, bays, lakes and calm seawaters, reduces land consumption and curbs pollution. The house consists of a structure in laminated wood, protected by an aluminium shell: both materials used are strictly recycled and recyclable. WaterNest has also been designed to be energetically independent: the 60 square meters of amorphous solar panels installed on the roof can generate 4kWp to meet the house’s energy needs. Moreover, a sophisticated system of natural micro-ventilation, combined with air conditioning, makes it a veritable low-consumption residential habitat. The interiors are also designed to follow an eco-friendly philosophy: the furnishings, once again designed by Zema, are built by Origami Furniture out of recyclable and recycled materials such as honeycomb cardboard. No detail is left to chance, and overall the entire structure is as much as 98% recyclable. In addition to the sophisticated green décor, the main rooms enjoy a picturesque view of the surrounding nature through large windows leading onto balconies, while the bathrooms are lit up by skylights in the roof.

Particularly worthy of note in Giancarlo Zema’s ecological dwelling is the possibility of reconfiguring its one hundred square meters of space in different ways: in addition to a residential unit with two bedrooms, two bathrooms, a kitchen and a living room, adaptable to specific needs, WaterNest also lends itself to being used as an office, a shop or a lounge bar. The idea is to be able to create small, rigorously environmentally-friendly floating villages for those – to quote Giancarlo Zema – who want to live “independently and in complete harmony with nature”.

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