The VisionThe construction of minimalist house on the water was intended to providea highly comfortable year-round housing for two people or to be residencefor family weekends. The houseboat is built with a clear vision which can besummarized in Corbusier‘s assertion that„human habitation should be a cell witha view of the stars“.Floating house is full-fledged residence, providing all features thatare associated with a pleasant housing.
The Lay-outAlthough the corners are rounded and the house is on a steel pontoon ratherthen on stilts, the inspirations for the design were functional buildings.Out of functionalism object mainly takes a simple plan upon which it is built,with an emphasis on spaciousness and elementary effectiveness.
Lower story Utility room Bathroom Cloakroom Kitchen counter Living room Lower deckEntry deck Vestibule Upper story Jacuzzi Bedroom Upper deck
Generous approach to a space is precisely what is characteristic for the house,despite the limitations primarily associated with its overall dimensions, whichmust allow transport by road.
Inside you will find really large bathroom, cloakroom and utility room.
The two biggest living rooms are connected by a staircase ended by barriermade of clear glass, so the overall impression should evoke a small loft.
By living rooms are terraces, in this case rather a decks. Especially dominant onegives impression of a dance floor, thanks to its size.
Exterior vs. InteriorExterior and interior support each other with its design concepts and are not in contrast.The outer cladding of larch trim boards is completed by stainless railings of decks andsteel superstructure covered by wooden sun screen.
Interior is similar, with floors, ceilings and the main wall dominated by beech woodcombined with stainless steel elements, such as some walls, columns and stairs.
Kitchen counter is also stainless steel. Significant use of stainless steel has severalreasons. It supports the perception of clean and simple interior, it brings object a littlecloser to a character of a ship and last but not least, it should resist moisture andchanges in internal climate.
The final feeling of interior is enhanced by use of glass sliding doors.
DetailDialog between the whole and partial perceptions is on the Thessay boat naturalpart of the detail. Minor elements are represented for example by stylish tumblersor bulky fireplace stove in the living room.
In the bedroom, offering an unusual panoramic view is no large central lighting.On the contrary, all the way around is ramping belt with LEDs that is complementedby the lamps on bedside tables.
Lights generally „do not interfere“, but are rather pleasant and functional accessory.And not only in the interior but also on decks.
In one of the corners of the bedroom is a glass plate in the shape of a triangle, whichserves as a work table with a view of the river and moored boats. Owners can securethe intimacy of the room thanks to remotely controlled blinds.
On the upper deck there is a Jacuzzi, embedded into a wooden panelling.Inside of the panelling there is a waterproof storage area.
All the firmly furniture is custom made. For example, in the living room there is a‚‚double daybed‘‘ that floats above the floor.
Technical solutionHouseboat can be without any problems transported to other owners acrossthe whole Europe and possibly the world. That was the main limiting aspectof its design. To take advantage of road transportation the width could not begreater than 4.2 m.
The need to transport a houseboat on the river, where it is necessary to pass under the bridges, was behinda unique technical solution. The upper part, where the bedroom is, can be removed by a crane. Thanks to this isso called “air draught” lowered by approx. 1.5 m. Of course that is also suitable for dry way transportation.
However, there can be found more technically interesting features. For example, the rounded corners of the object,that soften the perception of the whole building, giving it elegance and slight remembrance of the shape of ships,were posing a problem. The solution, which allowed to put rounded milled wood scantlings on itself without the riskof their splitting or destruction by the influence of weather conditions and the pressure of the building, was found.
larch wood 20mm vertical distance battens 60mm Diffuser films mineral wool ISOVER UNI 100mm 0,6x1,2m between columns 80/100 OSB brushed plate 14mm facing beech woodTherefore, in order to make the houseboat actually habitable all year round, it requires 15mma perfect thermal insulation in combination with suitable heating solution. Heating isdone by fireplace stove together with floor heating panels.
On any boat, and this houseboat is no exception, is important evenly distributedbalance. This is complicated not only by the roof superstructure, but also by Jacuzzi,which is off the longitudinal axis of the boat.
It does not matter to what extent is the whole object a house or a boat. In thecomplexity of its layout and by its whole nature it should form the pleasant basis for life of people who want on one hand actively spend their time and at thesame time not to renounce their comfort and at the same time on the other hand require a meditative space for the development of their attitudes and lives.
Length 17 m / 55,8 ft Width 4,2 m / 13,8 ft Overall height (without the funnel)Houseboat parameters Height from water surface (without the funnel) 5 m / 16,4 ft 4,5 m / 14,8 ft Useful floor area 63 m2 / 678 sq ft Deck‘s area 44 m2 / 474 sq ft Weight approx. 25 000 Kg / 55000 lb
Water connection Electrical power connection Sewer connection Drainage pumpsObject’s facilities Pumping sludge tank Electric water heater Floor heating Fireplace stove Security alarm Drinking water tank Large storage area (lower deck, upper deck, cloakroom, utility room)
Kitchens counter (3,5 m) cooking plate microwave oven refrigerator kitchen sink Shower cubicleAccommodation Onboard lavatory with electric flushing system Wash basin LED TV Sound projector Remotely controlled blinds in the bedroom Jacuzzi on the upper deck
External cladding larch trim boards Internal cladding (floors, walls, ceilings) Used materials Deck’s surfaces oak wood and metal laminate bungkirai wood Staircase, columns, door pull handles stainless steel Pontoon surface treated steel
Proposal Marek Řídký DesignerAuthor’s team Execution of a project ing. František Šťasta Milan Řídký (Arrbo, s.r.o.) Date of completion August 2012 Foto Richard Navara (page 2) ostatní Marek Řídký
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