The design of a self-sufficient floating house on the canal The Amstel in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. The design aims at combining spatial and functional qualities, despite the high demands for energetic systems of an self-sustainable housing. The wooden structure provide the loft the construction, sun shade and solar panels and an esthetic rhythm like old houses in Amsterdam. Solar energy is efficiently generated by the optimal position of the solar panels. Between the wooden structure glass elements lets in the northern light.

The core of the floating loft is made of loam for sound and temperature isolation. In this core all functional services are situated, like waste disposal systems and energy systems in order for optimal interactions of these systems. The energy system is based on hydrogen technology, generating and storing hydrogen which is collected by the solar panels. In the concrete floating foundation a heath exchanger is placed. And on the sides of the boat an artificial wetland is created for the purpose of treating wastewater. In this way all energy systems contributes to the final shape of the boat.

Living on in this houseboat gives you freedom and a spatial experience. The different floors are openly connected and you are able to take different routes to the terrace, roof garden and bedrooms in the basement.

Project: Competition Duurzaam Drijvend Wonen (sustainable water living)
Location: NL Amsterdam
Date: 2010
Square meters: 140sm
Client: Stadsdeel Oost Municipality Amsterdam
Price: 3e price
In collaboration with: Jasper Druijven (architect), Marina Goense (chemical process engineer), Bert Ouwerkerk (mechanical process engineer) and Roel van Nieuwenhuizen (architectural designer)
Exhibition: Nationaal Deltacongres 4 november 2010, Floriade oktober 2012
Links: Interview, from 6min38sec. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ludfW0qR6vI&feature=player_embedded#!