A conglomerate of Dutch companies are seeking to upcycle decommissioned boats to provide the ideal housing solution for boat home lovers without sea legs. The Marine-doc Estate will be made from decommissioned waterway fighters. A step beyond simply turning shipping containers into sustainable houses.
TL;DRThe boat homes will be made from decommissioned boats...
The boats won’t need to be scrapped and melted down for this project, saving CO2 emissions. They are also easy to transport as the suggested build-site is adjacent to water.
Each home will be energy neutral, so the green credentials don’t stop at the build material itself! Solar power, thermal energy, ventilation with heat recovery, and insulation will work together to create a comfortable living environment, whilst a smart infrastructure grid will work to redistribute power.
Each site would have up to 10 sustainable houses. The initial plan is to build 2 sites in the Netherlands. If successful, a more ambitious 16 are planned internationally.
Every home will be unique. This is because, although waterway freighters are similar in design, they are not identical.
The design preserves the boat aesthetic and stern, wheelhouse (converted into a light well) and foredeck will remain intact, whilst the top deck of the boat will be repurposed into a rooftop garden.
Whilst the exterior will be made from recycled material, the interior deign is sleek, modern and extremely spacious. The proposed design even features a garage. The conversion would be completed with prefabricated sections which would keep renovations speedy.
The boats will be orientated to maximize sunlight. The bulk of the windows will be south-facing. The north-facing side of the boat will remain mostly covered. This will maximize privacy.
Crazy as it may sound, it’s not the first land bound boathouse of its kind.
The Benson Ford Shiphouse was converted from a boat originally built in 1924 for the Ford Motor Company. After 50 years of service, it was repurposed into a 7,000 square foot (650 sqm) four-story summer home and now sits facing the Cuyahoga River, Northeast Ohio, US.
There is even a rather unusual cottage that features a boat for a roof found at a BnB in Crozon, Bretagne, France.
Boat inspired buildings
Additionally, there are a whole host of boat themed buildings.
The S.S Encinitas and the S.S Moon Light, Encinitas, California features a highly unusual two winged house frontage. Although it might look like it was made from real boats, the pair have never set sail. They were made from reclaimed wood from boats in the local harbor.
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